Quebec aero supplier wins federal grant
- February 11, 2021
The assistance, provided under the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program, will help Avior acquire production equipment and improvements for its Granby, Que, facilities. This project, which also adds nine jobs, will improve the factory's productivity by modernizing and automating its manufacturing processes.
"We are very grateful for the Government of Canada's support to help advance our technological project at the Granby factory,” said Stephen Kearns, Avior’s president and chief executive officer.
“The main challenges the Canadian aerospace industry has faced over the past year only reinforce the need and urgency to accelerate our transformation into a state–of–the-art manufacturing business. Our international clients want to do business with flexible, efficient suppliers, and we believe that by digitizing and automating our operations, we can be competitive right around the world."
Avior makes lightweight structures and complex mechanical assemblies for the aerospace industry. It specializes in hybrid structures made of advanced metallic and composite materials and metals. Its main products include components such as wings, doors and fuselage.
"Today's announcement is proof once again of the Government of Canada's commitment to the Cantons-de-l'Est region's manufacturing businesses. By helping them pursue their activities and by stimulating their growth, the government is working to ensure Quebec's manufacturing industry plays a major role in Canada's economic recovery."
In Quebec, the manufacturing sector employs 447,750 workers, with sales totalling C$169 billion per year. It generates 14 per cent of Quebec's gross domestic product and 82 per cent of its exports.