Expansion into Atlantic Canada coincides with 60th anniversary
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Sept. 5 /CNW/ -- General Dynamics Canada opened a
new engineering facility in Halifax today. The event coincides with the
company's 60th anniversary and represents a long-term commitment by the
defence company to Atlantic Canada. The new building will serve as the
company's Maritime In-Service Support (ISS) Centre of Excellence,
significantly strengthening and expanding the company's ISS capability.
The new facility is a state-of-the-art 48,000-square foot environmentally
friendly building designed and owned by Millbrook First Nation. The
four-storey building is already home to more than 30 employees and will
eventually accommodate more than 150 skilled technology workers to provide
systems integration and software support for a variety of General Dynamics
Today's event was attended by political dignitaries, community leaders
and business executives, including the Honourable Rodney MacDonald, premier of
Nova Scotia; Dr. Lawrence Paul, Chief of the Millbrook First Nation; and John
Watts, president of General Dynamics Canada.
"The community of Halifax has historically played a leading role in the
service of our nation's defence and security," said John Watts, president of
General Dynamics Canada. "I am particularly proud that we are able to open
this spectacular new facility during a year when General Dynamics Canada is
celebrating 60 years of corporate service to the Canadian Forces. This marks a
new chapter in our corporate heritage and we look forward to supporting our
customers from our base on the East Coast."
Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald said the new engineering facility
will further diversify the workforce in Halifax Regional Municipality and
benefit the provincial economy.
"The skilled jobs and software engineering expertise that will be part of
this new facility fit well with the provincial government's goal to diversify
and grow the economy throughout Nova Scotia," said Mr. MacDonald. "General
Dynamics Canada will make a great addition to the Halifax business community."
At the opening ceremony, Millbrook First Nation conducted a series of
traditional aboriginal ceremonies to bless the new building, including a
Mi'kmaq Smudging ceremony and the Mi'kmaq Drum Group Eastern Eagle who
performed the Mi'kmaq Honour Song, which honours Mi'kmaq ancestors, respect
for aboriginal roots, and helping one another. General Dynamics Canada has
entered into a long-term lease arrangement with the aboriginal band.
"We are pleased to enter into a partnership with General Dynamics Canada
and to play a role in the economic development of Nova Scotia," said Dr.
Lawrence Paul, Chief of the Millbrook First Nation. "The company has
demonstrated a great level of respect and understanding regarding First
Nation's culture and heritage, and we take pride in welcoming them as a new
member of our community."
Founded on August 31, 1948, General Dynamics Canada is celebrating 60
years of continuous operations in Canada. In addition to the new Halifax
facility, the company has operations in Bells Corners and Kanata in Ottawa,
and a corporate campus in Calgary.
About General Dynamics Canada
With an established Canadian presence for 60 years and over 2,200
employees in Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax, General Dynamics Canada is Canada's
largest defence electronics company with a worldwide reputation for excellence
in the production of leading-edge, technology-based, integrated solutions for
land, airborne and maritime applications. The company's success is based on
strong systems engineering experience, ongoing investment in research and
development, collaboration with commercial and military systems industry
leaders, and a singular focus on customer service. More information about the
company is available at http://www.gdcanada.com.
About General Dynamics
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs
approximately 84,600 people worldwide and anticipates 2008 revenues of
approximately $29.5 billion. The company is a market leader in business
aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions;
shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies.
More information about the company is available on the Internet at
About Millbrook First Nation
Since 1990, the Millbrook First Nation has been working progressively to
increase economic development in Halifax Regional Municipality. The band has
worked from the philosophy that to achieve community well-being, problems must
be approached holistically by addressing all aspects of the community --
social, mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. The band has created
development opportunities for all its members, and, in particular, its youth
Economic development and building solid business partnerships are of
primary importance to Millbrook First Nation's Chief Lawrence Paul. In order
to build the capacity of the community and its people, significant investments
must be made in training to prepare community members for gainful employment.
Millbrook First Nation continues to develop and grow the band owned Power
Centre Business Park by attracting more businesses. The band is also leading
the way in developing private business partnerships -- the General Dynamics
Canada engineering facility is an example of this type of initiative.
For more information, please visit: http://www.millbrookfirstnation.net/
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