Markham gains nuclear energy tech jobs

Markham continues to be the place for high-tech to invest with yet another injection of money and jobs, this time coming from GE Hitachi (GEH).

Utilizing GE’s current footprint in Markham, GEH SMR Technologies announced 80 new high-skilled jobs that will contribute to the production of BWRX-300 small modular reactors (SMRs) in Canada and around the world.

The smaller, but still powerful modular reactors of today are significantly less costly to build and install and much safer than the concrete behemoths of old. The SMRs are not being built locally however though and the 80 jobs will primarily be in engineering, project management, sourcing and quality control.

“We are thrilled to see 80 new jobs being created here in the City of Markham and even more excited at the prospect of further investment and job creation as GE Hitachi aims to make its SMR headquarters, here in Markham, a hub for SMR technology globally,” Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti says. “GE has been an instrumental part of Markham’s innovation ecosystem for 10 years providing cutting edge smart city solutions through its Grid IQ Innovation Centre.”

“I am excited to see that companies like GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy are choosing to further invest in Ontario,” said Billy Pang, MPP for Markham-Unionville. “Through this investment, 80 new skilled nuclear jobs will be created. This is tremendous news for skilled workers of Markham-Unionville.”

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