Another new plant wants to call Windsor home

APAG Elektronik Corp. from Switzerland wants to have its North American HQ near the Windsor Airport creating 148 new jobs. Oct 3, 2018. (Photo courtesy of APAG Elektronik Corp.)

One day after news broke that Windsor is getting a new plant, the city is set to become home to another manufacturer.

APAG Elektronik Corp. (APAG) from Switzerland wants to have its North American headquarters near the Windsor Airport, creating 148 new production and research and development jobs over the next five years. The 64-year-old company said it will create a new skilled workforce in Windsor that includes software and hardware engineers, specifically in the computer systems design and related services sector.

APAG has leased a 32,000 square foot industrial building at 3505 Rhodes Dr., the former FedEx Shipping Centre. The Swiss company said it wants to invest $3.2 million to renovate the interior and exterior of the building and an additional $8 million in equipment within the first three years of operation.

APAG officials have told the city that, so far, they have secured contracts to design and manufacture automotive lighting and electronics at the proposed Windsor plant for Chrysler and Cadillac.

APAG Elektronik Corp. is asking the city for incentives intended to stimulate investment in targeted economic sectors by businesses that create or retain jobs in Windsor. That request will come before the city on Tuesday.

APAG has several locations in Europe, India and China but this will only be the second in North America.

Current clients include Audi, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Rolls Royce, Land Rover and Ford.