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Peterborough Facts

  • April 20, 1891 – The Edison General Electric Co. invited over 1,000 Peterborough citizens to the official opening Ball of the “Canadian Works at Peterborough” a name that stuck for decades.
  • July 15, 1892 – Canadian General Electric Company Limited was federally chartered.
  • 1892 – Toronto Street Railway placed the largest order for electrical equipment in Canada at the time, valued at $1.5 million.
  • The factory ran 24-hours a day.
  • 1894 – The Works was expanded for manufacturing electrical road drills and mining machinery.
  • 1895 – CGE acquired The Brooks Manufacturing Company to become the Porcelain (later Plastics) Department.
  • 1900 – first hydro-generators manufactured in Peterborough were installed on the Chaudiere River in Quebec by 1991 the total generating capacity of CGE machines installed or on order amounted to over 90,000,000 kVA with installations in over 40 countries.
  • 1970 – Peterborough Works officially became Peterborough Plant.

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GE builds Canada’s future by providing capital, expertise and infrastructure. GE Capital provides financial solutions to businesses, building opportunity for today and tomorrow. We answer to the real-life needs of Canadians with major appliances, lighting, systems and services for commercial, industrial and residential use.



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