Heroux-Devtek sets up new Ontario manufacturing plant
- February 26, 2015
Heroux-Devtek is opening a new aerospace manufacturing facility in Cambridge, ON. The facility will support the company's long-term contract to supply Boeing with complete landing gear systems for the B-777 and B-777X aircraft, for which deliveries are scheduled to begin early in 2017.
The 108,000 square foot facility, located in Cambridge’s new Boxwood Business Campus, will primarily manufacture large-scale, complex landing gear components. It is currently in the pre-production phase and is expected to be fully operational in June 2015. The Cambridge plant results in the creation of approximately 40 highly-skilled new jobs, while helping to retain existing jobs in Ontario. If required, the facility could be expanded by approximately 100,000 square feet. Héroux-Devtek believes this facility will set new standards in regards to manufacturing technology and be viewed as a leading example in terms of productivity throughout the industry.
This state-of-the-art facility and other related investments by Héroux-Devtek in Ontario represent a total investment of approximately $54.2 million over a five-year period, including more than $46.0 million during the fiscal years ending on March 31, 2015 and 2016. The Government of Ontario will support the Corporation through an investment of approximately $7.0 million.
“This new facility will play a pivotal role in executing the most important landing gear contract in Héroux-Devtek’s history and its high level of automation will allow us to provide superior quality products to Boeing at a very competitive cost,” says Gilles Labbé, president and CEO of Héroux-Devtek. “This network expansion will also enable us to pursue other business opportunities to supply complete landing gear systems to our customers. We sincerely thank the Government of Ontario for supporting our industry, in which Canada ranks fifth worldwide. With this new plant, named in honor of the late John Cybulski, a long-time Chairman of our Board of Directors and an important contributor to the emergence of the landing gear industry in Canada, Héroux-Devtek’s Ontario workforce will grow to approximately 250 employees, predominantly in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo which strengthens its status as our centre of excellence in the production of mid-to-large-scale, complex landing gear components.”