Stryker Canada announced plans to build a new 120,00 square-foot national headquarters at Highway 6 site in Flamborough at a ground-breaking event Sept. 29. Above, Ward 15 councillor Judi Partridge (sixth from right) and Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale MPP Ted McMeekin (third from right) take part in a groundbreaking ceremony alongside representatives from Stryker, the City of Hamilton and the Krpan Group. – Mac Christie/Metroland
Stryker Canada’s new headquarters will be in Flamborough.
The medical device company announced it had chosen a site on Highway 6, just north of Highway 5, as the location for its Canadian head office at a groundbreaking Sept. 29.
Stryker Canada president Scott MacNair said the approximately 120,000 square-foot facility will bring the company’s employees, currently located in multiple buildings on Innovation Drive, under one roof.
“We’re actually busting at the seams right now,” he said, noting the business is currently located in three buildings and has grown significantly in recent years.
“We feel it’s a growing community and we’re really excited about this new state-of-the-art facility for our employees to come to work each and every day.” — Scott MacNair, President of Stryker CanadaHe said the company looked at a number of different areas for its new headquarters, but decided they were a Hamilton-based company.
“We’ve kind of grown up here,” he said. “Our people love the community.”
MacNair added the company didn’t want to uproot its staff — adding their employees are excited to be staying put.
“What’s really exciting for us to see the growth that we’re going to be part of in this entire community,” he said during the announcement. “We want to continue to be a top employer in the Hamilton area.
“We feel it’s a growing community and we’re really excited about this new state-of-the-art facility for our employees to come to work each and every day.”
Stryker, which manufactures medical devices and equipment — including orthopedics, medical and surgical, neurotechnology and spinal products and services.
The new building is expected to open in September 2018 and will be a distribution hub for all of Canada, in addition to its regional headquarters — including human resources, finance and operations.
Stryker Canada comprises 360 employees and the new facility will include about 200 knowledge-based jobs.
MacNair added the new headquarters is a “significant investment.”
Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale MPP Ted McMeekin said Stryker making a commitment to Flamborough could attract other companies to the area and Mayor Fred Eisenberger thanked Stryker for sticking with Hamilton.
“We have worked really hard to ensure that we have a streamlined approach for businesses,” he said.
Ward 15 Coun. Judi Partridge said the Highway 6 site is located on a “fabulous corridor for shipping, receiving and goods movement.”
She noted she worked hard — alongside city staff — for the past three years to convince Stryker to stay in the city.
“The very thought of losing Stryker out of the City of Hamilton … out of Flamborough, was a non-starter for me,” she said. “I was not going to let that happen.”
Partridge expects Stryker’s announcement will attract other businesses to the community. She noted the city has two or three other irons in the fire in terms of companies considering moves to Flamborough.
The Stryker building will be built on a four-acre site with access from Parkside Drive. Access to the business park will be from the under-construction Clappison Avenue.
John Krpan, CEO of the Krpan Group, said the business park operators are negotiating with other businesses as possible tenants.
“We’re dealing with smaller companies and one larger,” he said. “They’re not all of this magnitude — but some may be, some may be larger and there will be more smaller.”
Krpan said the group also owns the retail stores off Dundas Street at the Flamborough Power Centre — which includes the No Frills, Starbucks and soon to be opened A&W, KFC and a 6,000 square-foot daycare centre.
He noted the entire business park will feature one million square feet of property — but it all starts with Stryker.
“These guys are great — Fortune 300 — this comes once in a lifetime,” he said. “We’re very lucky.”