Wheatland County, Alberta, September 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — de Havilland Canada today announced that it will site a new aircraft facility in Wheatland County, Alberta.
A 1,500-acre site, de Havilland Field will consist of a state-of-the-art aircraft assembly facility, runway, parts manufacturing and distribution center, maintenance, repair and overhaul center. The site also has an educational space to train the workforce of the future, a general office building, and the de Havilland Aviation Museum.
The de Havilland airfield is also the site of final assembly for the DHC-515 firefighting aircraft, DHC-6 Twin Otter and Dash 8-400 aircraft that launched earlier this year. back to production.
Construction is set to begin in early 2024 and is estimated to create hundreds of construction jobs. De Havilland Field is expected to employ up to 1,500 people, with the potential for more based on company growth.
“De Havilland Airfield will be home to the assembly and production of reliable, rugged Canadian-made aircraft that serve missions around the world. We are excited to begin the process with Wheatland County to bring new aviation opportunities to Canada and Alberta.”
- Brian Chafe, President and CEO, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited
“This is a major announcement for Alberta’s economy and a transformative investment for Alberta’s manufacturing and burgeoning aviation sectors. Thank you de Havilland for your support. Alberta’s economy is more diversified than ever before and today’s announcement provides further evidence of significant growth in manufacturing and aviation.”
- book.Jason Kenny, Premier of Alberta
“Alberta’s recovery plan is working. As part of the plan, we have identified aviation, aerospace and logistics as key industries for investment attraction and diversification. Today, we are seeing our efforts bear fruit. De Havilland Aircraft is expanding into Alberta, which has the fastest and freest economy in North America, the lowest corporate tax rate, and a young and talented workforce.”
- Minister of Employment, Economy and Innovation Tanya Farr
“Invest Alberta has been working closely with de Havilland Canada since 2021, demonstrating the many advantages that rural Alberta offers for international investment. We are thrilled to be selected for our facility, de Havilland Airfield, which demonstrates that Alberta continues to be a prime location for new investments and opportunities in aerospace and logistics.”
- Invest Alberta CEO Rick Christianse said:
About de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited:
With more than 5,000 aircraft delivered, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) has a worldwide reputation and our talented team of aviation professionals is our strong commitment to innovation, production and customer excellence. Dedicated to enhancing our nearly 100 year reputation. support. Our aircraft operate reliably in some of the world’s harshest climates, provide critical connections between rural areas and urban centers, and transport essential cargo and millions of passengers each year. increase. Our aircraft also support a variety of special mission operations such as aerial firefighting, search and rescue, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and coastal surveillance. In February 2022, De Havilland Canada became the operating brand of the companies formerly operated as Longview Aviation, Viking Air Ltd, Pacific Sky Training and De Havilland Canada.
For more information, please visit https://dehavilland.com or https://dehavillandfield.com.
About Invest Alberta:
Invest Alberta is dedicated to attracting investment, with a mission to engage the world and provide high-end, customized support to companies, investors and major new projects. With team members in key markets around the world, Invest Alberta works to remove barriers so that investors and companies can launch, scale and succeed without limits.
For more information, please visit https://investalberta.ca.
de Havilland Canada Selects Wheatland County to Home to New Aircraft Manufacturing Facility in Alberta, Canadian Business Journal
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