Canadian aircraft maker De Havilland announced today their new aircraft production facility will be in Wheatland County, Alberta, approximately 30 minutes east of Calgary.
De Havilland Field, as it will be named, will be a new, state-of-the-art aircraft assembly facility located in Canada. It will include a runway, parts manufacturing and distribution centres, and a maintenance repair and overhaul centre. There will also be educational space for training the workforce of the future and general office buildings. A De Havilland Canada aircraft museum will be on site as well.
In order to support their growing operations, they are expanding the manufacturing facilities in Victoria, British Columbia and opening a new engineering and customer support centre of excellence in Toronto, Ontario.
De Havilland Field will be the site of final assembly for the DHC-515 Firefighter aircraft, which was launched earlier this year, the DHC-6 Twin Otter as well as the Dash 8-400 aircraft. They are currently working towards bringing the DHC-6 Twin Otter and Dash 8-400 aircraft back into production.
"The location of De Havilland Field is ideal, having access to a large, young and diverse labour pool in Alberta, family-friendly cost of living, and a world-class international airport that can support efficient parts distribution to our global customer base. We anticipate that once in full operation, there will be up to 1500 jobs located at De Havilland Field."