Federal government invests over $11 million to boost Ontario’s aerospace manufacturing

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RAMPF, a Burlington, Ont., based manufacturer for the aerospace and defence industry, is receiving $2.3 million to increase its processing speed, green its operations and expand into new markets. PHOTO courtesy RAMPF.

The federal government is investing over $11 million, through the Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI), for three businesses and one organization in southern Ontario’s aerospace sector.

“The aerospace sector here in Burlington and across the region is growing. Businesses are improving their productivity so they can become regional and global leaders and supply their products across the world. Our government knows that when we invest in businesses, they can continue to compete globally, create jobs, and contribute to a strong economy right here in Canada,” said Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

The recipients of this funding are: RAMPF Composite Solutions Inc. (RAMPF), Nanowave Technologies Inc.NWI Precision Tube ULC and Women in Aerospace – Canada (WIA – Canada). These projects will increase manufacturing capacity and productivity, green operations, provide professional skills development and support over 180 jobs across southern Ontario’s aerospace sector.

This investment includes a contribution of nearly $2.3 million for RAMPF, a Burlington-based manufacturer for the aerospace, defence, consumer products and medical sectors. With this investment, RAMPF will purchase new equipment to reduce waste and increase processing speed, green its operations by reducing energy consumption, expand into new markets, such as urban air mobility, unmanned aerial vehicles and electric aircraft, increase revenue and create 15 new jobs in Burlington.

“By investing in automation and digitization, we will position RAMPF Composite Solutions to win new business as airframe manufacturers, increase production rates and look to develop new aerospace solutions that take advantage of lightweight composites while reducing our environmental footprint,” said Larry Fitzgerald, CEO, RAMPF Composite Solutions Inc.

Established in 1948, NWI Precision Tube, ULC is a specialty manufacturer of turbine engine shafts, helicopter masts, turbine engine thrust links, nuclear pressure vessel containment systems and other industrial products for the aerospace, defense and nuclear industries. 

With over 30 years of experience, Nanowave Technologies Inc. designs and manufactures electronic components and systems for high-reliability radio frequency (RF), power conditioning, control, and monitoring for the space, aerospace, defence, communications and medical electronics markets.

Women in Aerospace – Canada is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding women’s visibility in the aerospace sector, improving opportunities for leadership, and furthering professional development in Canada and across the globe. The organization’s board is comprised of female leaders from Canadian aerospace companies, such as De Havilland and Pratt and Whitney Canada.

WIA  is receiving a contribution of over $330,000 to develop and deliver the Advancing Women in Aerospace Leadership Program. This program will provide professional development, training and mentorship programs at no cost for 150 women currently in the aerospace sector or women looking to transition into the sector to improve their leadership skills with the goal of having more women in leadership roles across the aerospace sector.

Ontario’s aerospace industry has over 200 firms, employs more than 44,000 workers and is responsible for more than $6 billion in revenues.

Since 2015, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has invested nearly $160 million in nearly 35 aerospace projects across southern Ontario, creating over 900 jobs and maintaining over 1,000 jobs.

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