The New Brunswick Naval Centre Moves Forward with Expansion Efforts Thanks to Crucial Land Donation

From left to right, Agnès Doiron, Mayor of Bas-Caraquet and Vice-President of New Brunswick Naval Center Inc., Johnny Grant, Manager of Operations for Irving Oil, presenting the deed on behalf of Irving Oil and Kevin J. Haché, Mayor of Caraquet and New Brunswick Naval Center's Board Member. (CNW Group/New Brunswick Naval Center Inc)

Irving Oil contributes three acres towards future development of Northern New Brunswick's naval industry

BAS-CARAQUET, NB, March 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Northern New Brunswick's burgeoning naval industry is receiving strategic support from a company with decades of global shipping and marine experience. Irving Oil is donating just over three acres of key property to the New Brunswick Naval Centre in support of economic development efforts within the region.

Bas-Caraquet Mayor Agnès Doiron says the property is crucial to their future growth plans for the New Brunswick Naval Centre and key to attracting new businesses within the industry.

"As part of our economic development strategy, we're focused on expanding the potential of the Naval Centre," says Doiron. "We are so pleased Irving Oil recognizes our need to grow and is stepping in to support the expansion of the naval industry in Northern New Brunswick."

Michel Beaudry, President of the New Brunswick Naval Centre, says this additional property opens the doors for expansion efforts to begin. "This contribution from Irving Oil means we can begin planning for the construction of a marine training centre as well as office space and vessel storage."

Naval Centre Board Member Antonio Landry says the contribution comes at a significant time in their planning efforts. "Irving Oil's commitment to the betterment of our province is evidenced in so many ways and this contribution of a strategic parcel of land is another example of their ongoing commitment to the region."

NEW BRUNSWICK NAVAL CENTER INC

The New Brunswick Naval Center provides quality industrial infrastructures to the naval sector as well as services such as lifting, launching and storage of vessels. Located in the Bas-Caraquet industrial park in Northeastern New Brunswick, the Naval Centre is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to make available naval boat yards, their facilities and equipment to the boat building and repair industry. http://www.nbnaval.ca/

IRVING OIL

Irving Oil is a privately owned, energy and marketing company that provides Eastern Canada and New England with high-quality products and customer service. Founded in 1924 and based in Saint John, New Brunswick, the company operates Canada's largest refinery, producing in excess of 320,000 barrels of finished products every day. For more information about Irving Oil and its community programs, please visit us at www.irvingoil.com or follow us at facebook.com/irvingoil.com

SOURCE New Brunswick Naval Center Inc

Image with caption: "From left to right, Agnès Doiron, Mayor of Bas-Caraquet and Vice-President of New Brunswick Naval Center Inc., Johnny Grant, Manager of Operations for Irving Oil, presenting the deed on behalf of Irving Oil and Kevin J. Haché, Mayor of Caraquet and New Brunswick Naval Center's Board Member. (CNW Group/New Brunswick Naval Center Inc)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140317_C5491_PHOTO_EN_37976.jpg

For further information:

Michel R. Beaudry, President
New Brunswick Naval Center Inc
819.531-8345
mbeaudry@simexperts.com

Sam Robinson
Public Affairs, Irving Oil
506.650.4947
samantha.robinson@irvingoil.com