ⓘ Canadian General Electric was a Canadian manufacturer of various electrical products. The company was a forerunner of General Electric Canada, now known as GE C ..

Canadian General Electric

ⓘ Canadian General Electric

Canadian General Electric was a Canadian manufacturer of various electrical products. The company was a forerunner of General Electric Canada, now known as GE Canada. It was the Canadian counterpart of the American company General Electric. The unit became General Electric Canada in 1989.

Canadian General Electric Co. Limited CGE was incorporated in Canada in 1892 as a merger of Edison Electric Light Company of Canada of Hamilton, Ontario and Thomson-Houston Electric Light Company of Canada of Montreal, both incorporated in Canada in 1882. The Canadian merger occurred in the same year as the merger of parent companies Edison General Electric of Schenectady, New York and Thomson-Houston Company of Lynn, Massachusetts into General Electric, which continues to the present day as a major international conglomerate.

CGE had about 500 employees at inception and was already producing generators, transformers, motors, wire and cable, and lighting products for consumer and industrial products.


1. Historic milestones

CGE had a long manufacturing history in Canada:

  • 2018 - Planned reciprocating gas engine plant opening in Welland, Ontario to replace an existing factory in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The reason for moving to Canada from the U.S. is a lack of export financing from the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
  • 1975 - Household appliance division spun off and merged with GSW Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of household appliances with brands such as McClary, Easy, and Moffat, in a new company named Camco. Camco is a publicly traded company and is a part of the General Electric family of companies.
  • 1921 - Vacuum tube operations begin in Toronto.
  • 2009 - Most incandescent lamp production lines in the Oakville, Ontario plant are stopped. Production is transferred to Winchester, Virginia.
  • 1899 - Produces the Canadian General electric car, for model year 1899 only, in Peterborough, Ontario. The car is essentially a Woods Electric.
  • 1971 - The Karachi Nuclear Power Complex, built by CGE, opens
  • 1989 - CGE becomes General Electric Canada, a wholly owned unit of General Electric.
  • 1947 - Electric meter plant opens in Quebec City.
  • 1946 - Lighting plant opens in Oakville, Ontario.
  • 1892 - Founded and opens engine/motor plant is Peterborough, Ontario
  • 2010 - Oakville, Ontario lamp plant closes. Remaining incandescent lamp operations are transferred to Mexico and China. A few products are outsourced from Sylvanias US plants. T8 fluorescent tube operations go to Bucyrus, OH.
  • 1912 - Establishes Montreal lamp plant.
  • 1911 - Acquires Sunbeam Lamp Company of Toronto, Ontario.
  • 2018 - Planned Peterborough plant shutdown
  • 1945 - Small appliances plant opens in Barrie, Ontario.
  • 1990s - Electric lamp operations in the Oakville, Ontario factory slowly begins to get transferred to Warren, Ohio and Winchester, Virginia now closed lamp plants. Most fluorescent tube operations are ceased by the late 1990s.
  • 1922 - Canadian Edison Appliance Company established.
  • 1946 - Plastics plant opens in Cobourg, Ontario.
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