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Innovation Minister Allen Roach prepares to speak to the standing committee on education and innovation in Charlottetown on Wednesday. Roach also responded to the latest developments in the controverisal Provincial Nominee Program.
CHARLOTTETOWN – A UK-based defence contractor is setting up shop in Prince Edward Island, after receiving $100,000 from the province’s Discovery and Development Fund.
Portsmouth Aviation is establishing a new subsidiary, Portsmouth Atlantic Ltd., says Allen Roach, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning.
Where the company will eventually end up is still being discussed, whether it be at Slemon Park or elsewhere.
A company spokesperson said no site has been selected as yet.
“The process over the next several months is to look at the various locations as to what might be a good fit for us,” she said.
Roach said Portsmouth Atlantic will design, develop and manufacture defence technology for military forces globally from Prince Edward Island, with an aim to generate more than 35 new jobs in the province over the next three years.
The company will be focusing on new innovation in environmental management systems for marine technology and specifically a world-leading maker of systems that protect warships from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards. “This is a company with decades of experience, a solid reputation and a growing
presence in world markets.”
Roach said the company’s decision to come to Prince Edward Island is a major step forward for high-end manufacturing and engineering industries here and will advance the Island presence in the defence marketplace.
“Portsmouth Aviation is very pleased to be expanding its global footprint here in P.E.I.,” said Simon Escott, Managing Director of the Portsmouth group of companies. “With the addition of Portsmouth Atlantic to our portfolio, we are truly on the rise worldwide as a company that focuses on advanced engineering solutions for the
protection of military forces.”
The establishment of the new capability in the group of companies is a significant step forward for innovation in environmental management technologies for military and commercial vessels, said Allen Dillon, Portsmouth Atlantic’s Chief Operating
Officer in P.E.I.
“We are well underway in supporting new projects in two continents. We are also confident our solutions will be a strong value in Canada’s National Ship Procurement Strategy and program.”
Innovation P.E.I. is supporting the undertaking with $100,000 from the Discovery and Development Fund to assist Portsmouth Atlantic in advancing its modular design of CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) filtration systems for use in a variety of commercial and defence applications globally.
Portsmouth Atlantic will also be eligible for rebates under the Innovation and Development Labour Rebate to offset part of the wages paid for jobs created.