The IBM Bromont plant opened in June 1972 with 200 employees. It was initially a secondary facility for small-scale manufacturing of metallic substrates. This consisted of etching circuits onto a ceramic medium, followed by an assembly process to create components used in keyboards and certain types of computer memory. Over a 15-year span, IBM Bromont prepared more than one billion such components.
The Selectric area
This was followed by the Selectric typewriter area. The plant added typewriter assembly to its mission in 1974, and hired 500 new employees. Ten years later, Bromont has become the largest manufacturer of typewriters in North America. However, the advent of personal computers in the 1980s forever changed our working methods as the era of ever-faster and more efficient manufacturing of high-quality typewriters drew to a close.
The Bromont plant had to reinvent itself to remain competitive. The decision was made to discontinue typewriter assembly in favour of electronic microcomponent manufacturing. Bromont switched from traditional serigraphic processes to the very latest in photolithographic processes in order to conquer the emerging market for specialized chips.
The plant went through an increasing number of missions in the 1990s, and in 2006 was selected to be IBM's global assembly and testing facility for leading-edge microprocessors and specialized components used in IBM server products.
IBM has invested more than $1.6 billion in the Bromont plant since 1972. The facility now has several hundred employees and has become one of Canada's largest technocities and one of the country's major exporter of high-technology products (almost all of the plant's output is exported).
Over the years, the Bromont plant has built an enviable reputation for its superior and competitive microelectronic solutions. It is an undisputed leader in the areas of innovation, energy efficiency, recycling, as well as product and customer service quality.