Big news for local steel companyFriday, January 18, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
BRYAN HAYES, MP
Government of Canada invests in Canadian jobs and the Canadian Armed Forces’ Fleet of Light Armoured Vehicles III
SAULT STE. MARIE - Mr. Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), today announced a significant subcontract that will play an important role in providing the Canadian Army with a new and improved fleet of Light Armoured Vehicles III.
China Steel Inc. of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, has been awarded this $1.03 million subcontract by General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada in support of the Light Armoured Vehicle III Upgrade Project.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued support of our brave men and women in uniform and skilled Canadian workers - including right here in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Mr. Hayes. “Our investments will provide our troops with the modern equipment they need to conduct their missions safely and effectively for many decades to come.”
“Our investments in renewing the Canadian Armed Forces’ capabilities on land, sea and air are building a first-class, modern military that is ready to take on the challenges of the 21st Century - while supporting Canadian workers across the country,” said Minister Valcourt.
The Light Armoured Vehicle III Upgrade Project, one of four Family of Land Combat Vehicle projects announced by the Government of Canada, will capitalize on existing and evolving technology to improve the protection, mobility and lethality of the Light Armoured Vehicle III fleet.
The project will modernize a portion of the existing fleet to ensure it remains a highly protected, operationally mobile and tactically agile combat vehicle that will remain the backbone of domestic and expeditionary task forces, extending the life span of the Light Armoured Vehicle III to 2035.
This subcontract is a result of the Government of Canada’s $1.064 billion contract award to General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada in October 2011 for the delivery of 550 upgraded Light Armoured Vehicles and is a prime example of the high quality work Canadian industry is carrying out as a result of the Government of Canada's Industrial and Regional Benefits policy.
The Government of Canada’s agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada commits the company to re-invest 100 percent of the contract value in business activities in the Canadian economy, further expanding the economic benefits of this procurement in regions across the country.
“Our Government is leveraging large-scale investments and positioning Canadian industry to take advantage of not only current but emerging value chains,” said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry. “The Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy provides Canadian companies with access to lucrative business opportunities, ensuring that 100 percent of contracts result in direct and indirect business activity in Canada.”
China Steel Inc. will be providing bracket and frame assembly metal fabrications which will be integral to the production of the Light Armoured Vehicle III hull.
China Steel has been working with General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada for over 15 years, supplying metal components and fabrications on the original Light Armoured Vehicle - Armoured Personnel Carrier build of 650 vehicles.
“Canadian soldiers need the best tools for the job and deserve the best vehicle we can give them,” said Danny Deep, vice-president of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. “The LAV III Upgrade Project will enhance the LAV III fleet's survivability, operational capability and long-term performance. With our Canadian design and manufacturing base and over 500 suppliers located in every province of Canada, we are proud to say that the best armoured vehicles in the world are made in Canada.”