Flanders: Expanders

Company takes over a Canadian ABB facility

In northern Alberta, a phoenix rises from the ashes. Almost a full year after lethal wildfires ravaged the Fort McMurray, Alberta service area—a municipality based on the rich oil sands located there—at least one company is targeting revival through its own expansion.

Flanders, the Evansville, Ind.-based company which offers a range of services for rotating equipment including manufacturing, repair, and aftermarket, announced Thursday it will take over operations of an 18,000-square foot local repair facility in Fort McMurray.

Despite being in the region, the facility was unaffected by the fires, Flanders’ Chelsea Rexing told EA. It’s also not Flanders first Albertan rodeo. “Now we’ve got an office and 2 locations in Canada,” Rexing said, the office and other location being in Edmonton.

In addition to giving the company a heightened influence in Canada by expanding its motor repair service and distribution markets, Flanders is exercising principles of reuse: the newly occupied facility was previously an ABB outpost.

“We are excited to complete the transaction and welcome the team to the Flanders family,” said Allen Patterson, COO of Flanders, said in a press release Thursday. “Expansion into this sector of Canada allows us the opportunity to better serve our customers in the oil sands with AC motor repair, wheel motor repair, and shovel motor exchange. We look forward to better serving our partners in Canada.”

Flanders Fort McMurray regional service center will be led by Ken Unruh, who has 30 years of electric motors experience in repair and motor design with Westinghouse Canada. It is also expected to immediately employ six local residents. Flanders has 9 locations in the US and 15 globally. “Our new presence in Fort McMurray allows us to service customers with motor repairs up to 2500 horse power…Our Midwest Regional Service Center possesses the capability to execute repairs on the largest motor repairs in the industry,” says Unruh.


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