De Havilland Canada has announced plans to build a brand new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located approximately 30 minutes east of Calgary in Wheatland County.
The new facility will be called De Havilland Field and will include a new, state-of-the-art aircraft assembly shop, runway, parts manufacturing and distribution centers, and a maintenance and overhaul center. In addition, there is an educational space planned to train the workforce of the future, as well as shared office buildings and a De Havilland Canada aircraft museum. The new facility will complement De Havilland’s current parts manufacturing facilities in Victoria, British Columbia, as well as a new engineering and customer support center in Toronto, Ontario.
The new facility will be used for final assembly of the DHC-515 Firefighter aircraft, which entered service earlier this year, the DHC-6 Twin Otter, as well as the Dash 8-400 aircraft. The Canadian aircraft manufacturer is also currently working on bringing the DHC-6 Twin Otter and Dash 8-400 aircraft back into production.
The location for De Havilland Field was chosen because it has access to a large, young and diverse workforce in Alberta and a world-class international airport that can support the efficient distribution of parts to customers around the world. The facility is expected to employ up to 1,500 people after commissioning. However, the De Havilland Field development is currently subject to an amendment to the Wheatland County Area Structure Plan as well as a county zoning change. De Havilland expects to submit these applications in the near future. In addition, there are approval processes required by Transport Canada and the Canadian Impact Assessment Agency.
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