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Héroux-Devtek inaugurates new facility in Mexico

Nov. 15, 2011, Queretaro, Mex. - Héroux-Devtek Inc. today proceeded with the official inauguration of its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in the Querétaro Aerospace Park, in Mexico.

November 15, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

Construction of the 47,200 square-foot facility and installation of leading-edge equipment and machinery for the fabrication of aerostructure components has been completed. In addition, the General Manager of the facility, Mr. Michael Deshaies, and administrative personnel are already located on site. Production is set to begin in December 2011, slightly ahead of schedule.

This first phase represents an investment of up to $20 million by Héroux-Devtek over a three-year period. In due time, a subsequent phase could see the plant expanded to 150,000 square feet. Such expansion would eventually provide the Corporation with the capability to manufacture and assemble aerostructure and landing gear systems.

"Today's inauguration represents an important milestone in the evolution of Héroux-Devtek, as it significantly enhances our value proposition to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)," said Gilles Labbé, President and Chief Executive Officer of Héroux-Devtek. "This network expansion places Héroux-Devtek in a solid position to capture new business opportunities, as it will benefit from close proximity with the existing facilities of several global aerospace OEMs in Querétaro, including some of its largest customers. More importantly, this facility also improves our global competitiveness by further specializing each of our manufacturing sites, thus ensuring we provide our customers with value-added products and services at the most optimal cost."

"Through this new facility, Héroux-Devtek is proud to further contribute to the emergence of Querétaro as a world-class aerospace cluster. The Mexican aerospace industry is rapidly developing, and the presence of academic and scientific institutions in Querétaro provides a highly-qualified labour force as well as the infrastructure to support significant growth. We are looking forward to the pending production start at Héroux Devtek Mexico SA de CV," added Rick Rosenjack, Vice-President and General Manager of Héroux-Devtek's Aerostructure products.



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