Weatherhaven welcomes $130 million contract award from Canadian Department of National Defence



    British Columbia company to benefit from MSVS Baseline Shelter Program

    BURNABY, BC, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - Weatherhaven is pleased to announce that a
substantial portion of the $130 million Medium Support Vehicle Systems (MSVS)
contract will be designed and manufactured at its facilities in British
Columbia. The announcement was made yesterday by the Minister of National
Defence in Miramichi, New Brunswick.
    Weatherhaven and its teaming partner DEW Engineering and Development ULC
(the Prime Contractor) were awarded this four-year contract to build 895
baseline shelter units to support the MSVS Program. The contract consists of
engineering data and integrated logistics support, including an option to buy
up to 110 more shelters.
    Under the terms of the teaming agreement between DEW and Weatherhaven,
approximately $60 million of this contract will be performed in British
Columbia by Weatherhaven and its network of locally-based suppliers. The scope
and schedule of this manufacturing effort is expected to lead to the creation
of more than 80 direct jobs in British Columbia, including the necessity for
Weatherhaven to establish an additional manufacturing facility in the Lower
Mainland to handle this demand.
    "This program is an exciting step forward for Weatherhaven and its
suppliers in British Columbia," said Ray Castelli, Chief Executive Officer of
Weatherhaven. "Not only will this program provide better equipment for our
troops, but it is also a clear example of how the Canada First Defence Policy
can provide a major stimulus to the manufacturing sector in British Columbia."
    The baseline shelters are being purchased for use with the militarized
commercial off-the-shelf vehicles and standard military pattern vehicles. They
will be produced in five variants and will be specially equipped as part of
the MSVS project, which is providing replacements for the current DND fleet of
medium logistics trucks and ancillaries.

    
    Backgrounder
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    DEW Engineering Press Release -
    Released at 09:01 Atlantic Time 11 August 2009
    Medium Support Vehicle System - Baseline Shelters
    DEW Engineering and Development ULC
    August 11, 2009
    Miramichi, New Brunswick
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    DEW Engineering and Development awarded $130-million contract to
    manufacture military shelters
    
    DEW Engineering and Development ULC of Ottawa, Ontario and Miramichi, New
Brunswick, announced today the award of a $130-million contract with the
Department of National Defence (DND) resulting from a competitive bid
solicitation. The contract runs for four years and involves the design and
manufacture of 895 baseline shelters. The contract includes engineering data
and integrated logistics support with an option for up to 110 more shelters.
The Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Peter MacKay formally
announced this important program today at DEW's Miramichi facility as part of
the Canada First Defence Strategy.
    DEW Engineering teamed with Weatherhaven of Vancouver as its primary
partner, along with other Canadian companies to create a "Team Canada"
approach to this program. This will create or maintain 230 jobs throughout all
regions of Canada. The shelters have onboard power and HVAC systems and are
fully transportable by land, sea and air according to ISO standards, allowing
for rapid deployment required by DND anywhere in the world.
    "Initially DEW was approached by several large international firms who
wanted to partner with DEW to bring their products to Canada," said Tim Dear,
President of DEW Engineering. "This immediately caused me to first question,
is there the technical, financial and management capability within Canada to
pursue this work? The answer to that question as evidenced here today is
clearly yes."
    Both DEW and Weatherhaven expect that the shelters that will be produced
for this program for DND have both the potential to be utilized as offsets
against other DND programs (creating additional export jobs) and could be
utilized to both support and enhance the recently announced Northern Strategy
of the Government of Canada.
    This contract, like all contracts of this magnitude, must meet Canada's
Industrial and Regional Benefit policy which requires 100% direct and indirect
Canadian Content. DEW is fully committed to achieving this requirement as
evidenced by the Canadian companies across Canada that will derive benefits
from this procurement.

    DEW Engineering and Development was established in 1978 to provide a
vehicle-systems engineering and manufacturing capability for the Department of
National Defence and other government agencies. Today, DEW is a
growth-oriented company employing more than 400 people in Ottawa and
Miramichi. In addition to providing support to military agencies and companies
in Canada, DEW is a foremost supplier of proprietary IED protective armour
products to worldwide vehicle manufacturers.


    
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