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Bell Helicopter to build 15 new helicopters for Canada’s Coast Guard

Published by Brad Fougere on May 13, 2014

OTTAWA - Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) welcomed the announcement May 12, of a contract for the sale of 15 Bell Helicopters to replenish Canada’s depleted Coast Guard fleet. The $172 million contract was announced by Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel and Fisheries Minister Gail Shea with delivery expected by 2016.
 
“This is great news for the aerospace industry and Bell Helicopters’ Mirabel operation,” said Jayson Myers CME president and CEO. “This is the type of strategic government procurement CME has been pushing for, it builds confidence for Canadian manufacturers to keep on investing.”
 
The Bell model 429 helicopters are built in Mirabel, Quebec located in the Laurentians, near Montreal. The Bell facility has 2000 personnel and this contract will directly and in-directly create an additional 200 positions.
 
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