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Shipbuilding action plan a historic opportunity for manufacturers in Atlantic Canada: CME

Published by Derek Lothian on February 13, 2012

The new Atlantic Shipbuilding Action Plan unveiled today by the federal government represents a historic opportunity for manufacturing growth and jobs creation in communities throughout Atlantic Canada, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).

The initiative aims to help small and medium-sized enterprises capitalize on major maritime procurement projects, including the $33 billion naval fleet renewal announced last October. Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding Inc. was awarded the contract for the production of large combat vessels, which will be built over the next 20-30 years.

"It is critical that industry and government continue to work together to raise awareness of the procurement process and ensure supplier readiness over the coming months," explains CME President & CEO, Jayson Myers. "That includes access to skilled labour, improved productivity, streamlined best practices, and the acquisition of all necessary qualifications and certifications."

Supplier development workshops are currently being organized across all four Atlantic provinces to provide manufacturers with information on the shipbuilding project and supply chain opportunities. Financing support and business counseling services will also be available.

"CME looks forward to working collaboratively with its partners in the region to ensure the full economic benefits are realized at a national, provincial and local level," says Myers. "The action plan announced this morning will help companies leverage the most significant federal contract in Government of Canada history to enhance their manufacturing capabilities and strengthen their overall competitiveness."

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