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Rittal Systems involved in Empire building

By Canadian Packaging staff   

General Controls/Drives Franklin Empire Inc. Friedhelm Loh Group Rittal GmbH & Co. KG Rittal Systems Rittal Systems Ltd.

Rittal welcomes Franklin Empire to its distribution team.

(From left: Rittal Systems Ltd. president Tim Rourke with Franklin Empire Inc. general manager Michael Almeida.)
MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Rittal Systems, world’s leading manufacturer of enclosure solutions, welcomes Franklin Empire Inc. to its distribution/partner network in Canada.

With a rich family history dating back to the 1940’s and an extensive distribution network in Ontario and Quebec, Franklin Empire Inc. is proud to be the largest independently owned electrical distributor in Canada, also renowned for its manufacturing automation systems.

Rittal Systems Ltd. president Tim Rourke says, “Franklin Empire is known for their expertise in the electrical distribution industry, as well as in manufacturing and processing automation. Rittal Systems is confident that partnering with Franklin will expand our reach to new areas and industries, and will be a win-win for our customers.”

Adds Franklin Empire Inc. general manager Michael Almeida, “Rittal’s many years of experience both globally and locally, as well as their level of quality and innovation, will enable us to offer high value solutions to our customers. We are confident that Rittal’s extensive product line will complement offerings for our key suppliers, and offer a more holistic solution to the end customer!”


About Rittal Systems
Rittal Systems Ltd., headquartered in Mississauga, Ont., is the Canadian Subsidiary of Rittal GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, which is the world’s leading system supplier for enclosures, power distribution, climate control, IT infrastructure and software & services. Founded in 1961, Rittal is now active worldwide with 10 production sites, 63 subsidiaries and 40 agencies. With over 11,000 employees worldwide, Rittal is the largest company of the proprietor-run Friedhelm Loh Group of Haiger, Germany. Company information available at

About Franklin Empire
Franklin Empire Inc., a family-owned electrical distributor, supplies electrical components for new construction, renovation and the maintenance of industrial plants as well as residential and commercial buildings. It also specializes in automation systems for manufacturing processes and have a product/service offering that is unique among Canadian electrical distributors. Franklin Empire’s proud heritage dates back from 1898, (L.S. Tarshis, E.W. Playford, and Lynn Macleod). The 1992 merger of Franklin Playford (1946) and Empire Electric (1942) established Franklin Empire Inc. The company has since grown to over 20 branch locations in Quebec and Ontario, including five assembly and repair facilities. Franklin Empire employs over 450 people, has an inventory investment exceeding CDN $30 million. More information on the company available at


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