Héroux-Devtek Inc., an international manufacturer of aerospace products, has inaugurated a new manufacturing facility in the city of Cambridge, Ontario. This facility is one of the key constituents of Héroux-Devtek’s comprehensive capital investment plan aimed essentially at successfully carrying out an important long-term contract to supply The Boeing Company with complete landing gear systems for the B-777 and B-777X aircraft, for which deliveries are scheduled to begin in early calendar year 2017.
“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 supply superior quality products to Boeing at a very competitive cost. We sincerely thank the Government of Ontario for supporting our industry, in which Canada ranks fifth worldwide,” said Gilles Labbé, President and Chief Executive Officer, Héroux-Devtek.
The facility 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.
“We look forward to working with the Héroux-Devtek team as they establish their state-of-the-art facility in Cambridge and in the future as they expand and grow. We’re proud to have them choose the City of Cambridge as they grow their North American presence,” said Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig.
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 million during the fiscal years ending on March 31, 2015 and 2016.
The project further strengthens the province’s aerospace sector, particularly in commercial landing gear, where Ontario is a leader and accounts for a major share of the global market. The Boeing contract represents the first time Héroux-Devtek is building a complete landing gear system for a large commercial aircraft.
“This announcement is great news for Ontario’s aerospace sector and demonstrates how targeted, strategic investments can strengthen key Ontario industries. Héroux-Devtek’s new facility is at the forefront of both industry technology and productivity. With this investment, we ensure these capabilities remain in Ontario where they can continue growing,” said Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.