Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (MADG) has announced plans to extend its footprint in Canada by opening a dedicated Land Systems production facility in the province of New Brunswick.
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The move is part of the company’s ambitious plans to grow both its Land and Air businesses in North America and will leave it well placed to bid and partner on a number of the Canadian government’s upcoming programmes.
Marshall has been operating in Canada for the past 15 years and has built a strong reputation through its involvement in the delivery of a number of important Canadian programs across both the Land and Air sectors including MSVS and PAV.
The business currently employs around 75 people across its two locations in Ottawa and Abbotsford and will look to more than double that number when it opens the New Brunswick facility next year.
MADG CEO Gary Moynehan explained: “This is clearly a very significant step for both our ambitious plans for North America and the establishment of Marshall Canada as a credible player in the Canadian Defence sector.
“The Canadian government is committed to investing heavily in its armed forces over the next decade and as a resultthere are a number of large programmes in which we believe Marshall can play an important role, the most immediate being LVM, the replacement of the Canadian Army’s fleet of light and heavy vehicles logistic vehicles, trailers and containers.
“Canadian defence procurement policy is weighted heavily in favour of those bids that offer strong Canadian content and we know that to maximise the opportunity in the market we have to extend our physical footprint in Canada beyond Ottawa and Abbotsford by establishing in-country Land Systems manufacturing capability.
“Whilst we haven’t yet signed a lease on the new facility we have narrowed our search to the province of New Brunswick as we believe it offers a number of advantages both in terms of its geography, the employment market and importantly, proximity to our end user as the home of the largest army base in the country.”
The company expects to be in a position to confirm the exact location of its new Canadian manufacturing facility later this year with a view to be up and running by the end of 2022.