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CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

Government investment needed to support aerospace manufacturing

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The improvements at Cyclone Manufacturing include a temperature-controlled production area at one of its three Mississauga facilities and a heat treatment oven for its Milton facility. PHOTO courtesy Cyclone Manufacturing.

Government investments in small and medium-sized aerospace businesses, such as Mississauga’s Cyclone Manufacturing, are helping position Canada as leaders in the field, according to Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

The federal government recently invested over $9 million to support Cyclone Manufacturing’s transition to more environmentally friendly technologies, and Tassi recently visited the manufacturer.

The funding is part of the Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative by FedDev Ontario, the federal economic development agency for southern Ontario.

The improvements at Cyclone Manufacturing include a temperature-controlled production area at one of its three Mississauga facilities and a heat treatment oven for its Milton facility.

“This FedDev Ontario assistance will help Cyclone go back to its history of investments and continue to be one of the top suppliers in the aerospace industry,” company vice president Robert Sochaj said.

Cyclone, founded in 1964, is a vertically integrated provider of 3-5 axis machining, sheet metal fabrication, tube bending, welding and structural assemblies of aerospace structural components to aerospace companies around the world.

Canada’s aerospace presents significant manufacturing challenges because it is research‑intensive, export-focused and requires a highly skilled workforce yet serves a market that can be highly volatile as was witnessed during the recent pandemic.

Aerospace is a key component of Ontario’s advanced manufacturing sector. It directly employs more than 21,500 people across more than 200 companies, and an additional 17,200 indirectly. Ontario’s $6 billion aerospace industry is the second largest in Canada, representing close to a quarter of all Canadian activity. The province is home to a globally renowned landing-gear cluster, as well as major global aerospace companies.

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