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Press Release: De Havilland picks Alberta site for new assembly facility

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Press Release hub banner blue with title in red white and blueDe Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited has announced that the site of its new aircraft manufacturing facility will be in Wheatland County, Alberta, approximately 30 minutes east of Calgary.

This new facility will be called De Havilland Field and will consist of a new, state-of-the-art aircraft assembly facility, runway, parts manufacturing and distribution centres and maintenance repair and overhaul centre. In addition, educational space for training the workforce of the future is planned as well as general office buildings and a De Havilland Canada aircraft museum.

These operations will complement our current parts manufacturing facilities in Victoria, British Columbia as well as our new engineering and customer support centre of excellence in Toronto, Ontario.

De Havilland Field will be the site of final assembly for the DHC-515 Firefighter aircraft, which was launched earlier this year, the DHC-6 Twin Otter as well as the Dash 8-400 aircraft. We are currently working towards bringing the DHC-6 Twin Otter and Dash 8-400 aircraft back into production.

The location is ideal, having access to a large, young and diverse labour pool in Alberta, family-friendly cost of living, and a world-class international airport that can support efficient parts distribution to our global customer base.  We anticipate that once in full operation, there will be up to 1500 jobs located at De Havilland Field.

The development of De Havilland Field is subject to an amendment to the Wheatland County Area Structure Plan as well as re-zoning by the County.  De Havilland expects to submit these applications shortly and is committed to working with Wheatland County and Wheatland County residents as we move through the Area Structure Plan and re-zoning processes.  In addition, there are approval processes required by Transport Canada and the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada.

Quotes:Brian Chafe, Chief Executive Officer, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited, said: “De Havilland Field will be the home of assembly and production of reliable and rugged Canadian aircraft that serve missions around the world.  This is the start of a new chapter for both De Havilland Canada and Canadian aerospace and we are excited about beginning the process with Wheatland County to provide new aviation opportunities for Canada and Alberta.”

Hon. Davor Bozinovic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Government of Croatia, said: “In these challenging times when climate change is affecting us all on a global level, Croatia views De Havilland’s new aircraft production facilities in Calgary as a sure sign of partnership when it comes to combatting the consequences of devastating forest fires.  The Canadian firefighting aircraft at our disposal have indeed proven to be a ‘mighty weapon’ for both Croatia and our neighbouring countries to which we provide assistance, successfully safeguarding both people and property from fires.  That is why I wish to extend my congratulations to the De Havilland leadership on this challenging feat and I also hope that purchasing the latest series of firefighting aircraft is soon to follow.”

Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, PC, MP, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Government of Canada, added: “Canada’s aerospace sector is a cornerstone of our economy and with world leading companies like De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, we’re seeing even more growth with today’s announcement. This new facility in Alberta will mean more Canadian jobs, greater economic opportunities, and a brighter future for our country.”

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Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MLA, Premier of Alberta, Government of Alberta, noted: “This is a huge announcement for the Alberta economy, a game-changing investment for Alberta manufacturing and our burgeoning aviation sector. Thank you to De Havilland Canada for your confidence in Alberta as the best place for this state-of-the-art plant that will employ some 1,500 people in good paying jobs. Alberta’s economy is diversifying like never before, and with today’s announcement we have more evidence of the huge growth in manufacturing and aviation.”

Hon. Tanya Fir, MLA, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation, Government of Alberta explained: “Alberta’s Recovery Plan is working. As part of the plan, we identified aviation, aerospace and logistics as key industries for investment attraction and diversification. Today, we’re seeing our efforts come to fruition. De Havilland Aircraft of Canada is expanding to Alberta, where we have the fastest and freest economy in North America, one of the lowest corporate tax rates, and a young and talented workforce.”

Bobby Kwan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Commercial Corporation, said: “As Canada’s government-to-government (G2G) contracting agency, the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) takes immense pride in the partnership we’ve developed with De Havilland over the past 15 years to sell aircraft to governments around the world. Helping Canadian companies identify and enter new, complex markets through G2G sales is not only CCC’s mandate, it’s also our passion.”

Amber Link, Reeve, Division 2 Councillor, Wheatland County, concluded: “Wheatland County is thrilled to work with De Havilland Canada to build their permanent home in Alberta. We are excited to have the opportunity to cultivate a strong aviation culture that will diversify our economy and lead to the creation of 1,500 jobs for residents of Wheatland County and the surrounding areas. This milestone is one that both Wheatland County and the Province of Alberta can be proud of. De Havilland Canada’s corporate values align perfectly with Wheatland County, where innovation meets tradition. We are open for business and look forward to continuing to work with the team at De Havilland Canada.”

About De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited

With more than 5,000 aircraft delivered, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited is well established across the globe and our talented team of aviation professionals is dedicated to advancing our near-100-year reputation for excellence in innovation, production and customer support. Our aircraft operate reliably in some of the world’s harshest climates and provide vital connections between rural communities and urban centres – transporting essential cargo and millions of passengers annually. Our aircraft also support a wide variety of special mission operations including aerial firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and coastal surveillance.

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