General Dynamics Canada Celebrates 60th Anniversary

    Flag raising ceremony marks corporate milestone.
    OTTAWA, Ontario, Sept. 22 /CNW/  -- General Dynamics Canada officially
celebrated its 60th Anniversary today with a flag raising ceremony at its
corporate headquarters in Ottawa.
    Incorporated on August 31, 1948, as Computing Devices of Canada, the
company was founded by three entrepreneurs to support the rebuilding of
Canada's military after the Second World War. From those humble beginnings,
the company has grown into one of Canada's premier defence companies with more
than 2,200 employees working in state-of-the-art facilities across Canada --
including a workforce of 1,500 based in the nation's capital. The company is
celebrating 60 years of continuous operations and dedicated service to the
Canadian Forces.
    "We are proud of the accomplishments and contributions our company has
made to Canada's defence and aerospace industries over the past 60 years, and
of our enduring commitment to the Canadian Forces and the security of our
country," said John Watts, president of General Dynamics Canada. "Our
employees -- past and present -- include many of the best and brightest minds
in Canada, and, with their ongoing commitment and contribution, General
Dynamics Canada is well positioned to continue in its role as one of Canada's
premier defence contractors."
    The event was attended by Mr. Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for
Nepean-Carleton, who presented General Dynamics Canada with the flag that flew
this year atop Canada's Peace Tower on Parliament Hill on August 31, marking
the original date of the company's incorporation.
    The 60th Anniversary coincides with the opening in the Halifax Regional
Municipality of General Dynamics Canada's Maritime In-Service Support Centre
of Excellence. This state-of-the-art, four-story building is owned by Nova
Scotia's Millbrook First Nation and is designed to accommodate up to 170
skilled technology workers who will provide systems integration and software
support for a variety of General Dynamics Canada programs.
    With the inauguration of the new Halifax facility the company now has
business operations in every region of the country. In addition to the new
Halifax facility, the company has operations in Bells Corners and Kanata in
Ottawa, and a campus in Calgary.
    Note to Editors: Photos from the grand opening of the General Dynamics
Canada new facility in Halifax Regional Municipality are available.
    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 system 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
    About General Dynamics
    General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, 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 online at

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For further information: Amy MacLeod of General Dynamics Canada,
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