Pickering is a part of the Greater Toronto Area, and is located in Southern Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1791 as a part of York County, and its name was derived from Pickering, North Yorkshire in North Yorkshire, England. The first activity of the town was primarily agricultural, with local rivers creating water-power so as to operate local mills. It was integrated during the year 1811 and became a part of the newly-formed County of Ontario during the year 1852. The years that follow saw Pickering Village grow along the Kingston Road near Duffins Creek. It was then separated from the township and was incorporated as a village in the year 1958.
Profit magazine ranked Pickering as amomg the top ten cities within Canada to grow a business. The city of Pickering has several manufacturers situated within the city. Among its main companies are: Eco-Tec Inc. (industrial chemical recovery and water purification systems), PSB Speakers - Lenbrook (stereo machines), Hubbell Canada (electrical equipment), Canadian headquarters of Purdue Pharma (pharmaceuticals and health & beauty products), and Yorkville Sound (audio machines). The city of Pickering is even the location of Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. Its original station opened in the year 1971 and had four reactors, and during 2001, OPG7 Commemorative Turbine was opened on the generating station site. The largest single business in the city is the Ontario Power Generation. Pickering is the founding member of the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance or otherwise referred to as DSEA, and it concentrated on the companies of Areva, Eco-Tec, AECL, Intellimeter, Veridian, Wardrop Engineering, as well as Ontario Power Generation. More