Canton Township-based Technibus is expanding the facility and hiring new workers


CANTON TWP. ‒ An expansion of its product base has prompted Technibus to recruit staff for its Raff Road SW facility.

The company employs just over 100 people and is adding 45 to 50 jobs, said Mike Rice, president of IES Infrastructure Solutions. There are jobs for welders, painters, electricians, assembly and fabrication workers.

“I’m looking for key people. Someone who wants a career, not just a job,” Rice said.

What is Technibus in Stark County?

Technibus builds steel enclosures for electrical equipment such as gas powered generators, custom switchgear and exhaust plumes. The enclosures are sometimes 65 to 70 feet long. Most of the devices are used in data centers.

In cooperation with manufacturers of generators and switchgear, Technibus builds housings that protect the equipment. Many of the structures serve as backup power systems in data centers and financial institutions. The backup systems kick in during power outages, ensuring facilities don’t shut down and lose data or disrupt service to customers.

The company expanded to increase production, taking over a 110,000-square-foot building adjacent to its facility at 1501 Raff Road SW, Rice said. Technibus now has 300,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 6.5 acres of on-site warehousing.

Technibus employee Kevin Tucker works at a switchboard.  The company builds enclosures for electrical equipment and is expanding its operations in Canton Township to accommodate new products.

Stark County serves as the headquarters for IES Infrastructure Solutions. Technibus and Magnetech, located at 800 Nave Road SE in Massillon, are part of the company owned by Houston-based IES Holdings.

IES acquired Magnetech in 2013, which provides repair and rebuild of electric motors, industrial lifting magnets, repair and service for railroad and transit companies, and other operational services. Technibus was added in 2016.

Rice said the two companies and all IES Infrastructure Solutions are doing very well, leading to growth locally and in other parts of the country. The division has 11 business units, including Technibus and Magnetech.

Freeman Enclosures, an IES Infrastructure Solutions company, expanded its operations near Cincinnati by adding 110,000 square feet for production next to its 185,000-square-foot facility, Rice said. IES added Wedlake Fabricating near Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2020 and is building a 240,000-square-foot facility on a 70-acre site, he said.

You can reach Edd at 330-580-8484 or [email protected] On Twitter: @epritchardREP

Built by Technibus, this enclosure is for a power distribution center purchased by a customer in the oil and gas industry.

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