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Boeing commits $52M to Canada’s Atlantic Region

Jan. 23, 2008, Halifax - The Boeing Co. has announced that it has committed to providing contracts worth $52 million to companies in Canada’s Atlantic region.


January 23, 2008
By Carey Fredericks

Jan. 23, 2008, Halifax – The Boeing Co. has announced that it has committed to providing contracts worth $52 million to companies in Canada’s Atlantic region.
 
The announcement follows the Canadian government’s 2007 order for four C-17 Globemaster IIIs, the first two of which already are in service with Canadian Forces.
 
Speaking yesterday at an event hosted by Industry Canada in Halifax, Mark Kronenberg, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems vice president for International Business Development, explained that Boeing was well on track for meeting the Canadian government’s Industrial Benefits (IB) policy.
 
“Boeing will match every dollar spent by the Canadian government in acquiring its C-17 fleet by partnering with and issuing contracts to companies in Canada,” said Kronenberg. “This will result in long-term, high-value jobs for Canadians and will further embed Boeing as a long-term partner with Canadian industry, particularly with our partners here in the Atlantic region.”
 
As part of the C-17 acquisition contract, Boeing agreed to match the purchase price of the four aircraft with dollar-for-dollar investments back into the Canadian economy through a C-17 IB program coordinated by Industry Canada. Boeing already has identified more than 66 percent of its total C-17 IB program obligations.
 
Boeing will identify the remaining 34 percent of IB obligations over the next three years. Boeing also agreed to a collateral agreement that provides further industry benefits worth $750 million over 20 years for the in-service support of the C-17 fleet.
 
To date, Boeing has signed contracts with several partners based in the Atlantic region, including:

·         IMP Aerospace: F/A-18 wire bundles
·         Wiebel Aerospace (subcontract from Goodrich): Direct work on C-17
·         Memorial University of Newfoundland: Investment for establishment of an autonomous systems           laboratory
 
These supplier agreements complement Boeing’s already significant involvement in Atlantic Canada. Over the years, Boeing has partnered with many suppliers in the region to provide goods and services for the company’s major business units – Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. As the Canadian Forces continue to modernize their defense systems, through efforts such as the Medium-Heavy Lift Helicopter program, Boeing anticipates that it will sign additional contracts to further expand its supplier base in the region. 
 
The C-17 Globemaster III provides Canada with a critical new airlift capability to meet its international commitments. The C-17’s ability to fly long distances and land in remote airfields in land-locked regions make it the right airplane for Canadian humanitarian, peacekeeping and military missions, domestically and abroad. The aircraft already has been used to support Canadian Forces serving in Afghanistan.
 
Boeing is a major contributor to the Canadian economy, generating approximately $1 billion in business annually. Boeing employs more than 1,400 highly-skilled employees in Quebec, British Columbia and Manitoba who work in support of the company’s major business units. Canada also is home to the third-largest international supplier base for Boeing, including many high-quality suppliers spanning every region of the country.
 
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $32.4 billion business with 72,000 employees worldwide.