Convoy Technologies choses new plant in Tecumseh

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A company based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is opening a plant in Tecumseh. Convoy Technologies makes cameras, monitors, and accessories to provide cloud-based telematics services and artificial intelligence-powered driver training systems for heavy-duty on- and off-road vehicles. It’s moving into an 18,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant on Binder Crescent, near North Talbot Road.

Invest WindsorEssex first said the company was scouting for a new location in the region back in March. At the time, it was considering two facilities. Last March, Convoy Technologies President Ron Harker said moving to Windsor-Essex would shorten the company’s supply chain so it could deliver products to its customers faster and for less money. “If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it is that having control over your supply chain is the key to getting products to your customers quickly and reliably,” he said.

Invest WindsorEssex started working with Convoy Technologies last September. The Investment Attraction team provided the company with labour costs analysis, facilitated introductions at St. Clair College and the University of Windsor, and helped with the site selection. It said the region’s proximity to the U.S. and the expertise of automotive workers closed the deal. “It is a critical first step in realizing our goal of being a leading North American producer of cameras for vehicles of all kinds,” said Harker. “The entire Windsor-Essex community has been nothing but welcoming and helpful, and we look forward to joining that community full-time once we move into our facility on October 1.”

The Tecumseh facility will house most of the company’s research and development and employ 50 employees. The company has a distribution centre in Indiana and locations in Mexico.