(St. Clair) Prévost, the manufacturer of coaches of St. Clare, won the first military contract in its history. The company, which last year celebrated its 90th anniversary, will proceed to the assembly of a little over 1,500 trucks for the Canadian Forces.
This contract will allow him to create 80 new jobs.
The first military trucks come out of Prévost workshops in May 2017. And it will continue until the fall of 2018.
The company will use a secondary bellechassoise plant one on Main Street in St. Clair, to establish its new assembly line, because it is running at full capacity in its main facilities where no fewer than 800 workers are busy. Its order book is well filled. The recovery of the US economy has given wings to Prévost, which increased its production to 2.5 vehicles per day.
In addition to intercity buses, specializes Prévost, remember, in the conversion of buses in motorized luxury homes bodies.
“Military trucks, we will assemble at a rate of five a day,” said the vice president of operations Prévost, Yvan Mailhot, pointing out that the contract was for a period of two years. The company Fingers crossed that the federal government exercises its option to do more to build another 650 once the first 1,537 have been delivered to the Canadian Forces.
With his colleague Steven Blaney (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse common), the Minister of National Defence, Jason Kenney, visited yesterday to announce the Prevost award of contracts totaling $ 834 million to the US company Mack Defense for acquisition of new military trucks with a loading capacity of 9.5 tons.
Trucks that will be used to transport personnel, support equipment and supplies particularly during interventions made in Canada during natural disasters or military operations abroad.
Prevost is part of the consortium of Canadian companies épauleront Mack Defense in the realization of this contract includes, in addition to 1,500 military trucks, 300 trailers and 150 armored cabs.
“The Canadian government is committed to providing our men and women in uniform the equipment they need to do their jobs,” said Minister Kenney justified by saying that it was time to scrap the trucks that go from valuable services in Canada – both at home and abroad – for 35 years.
“The armed forces must have the tools necessary to defend Canada and protect our borders and our values here and throughout the world,” said Minister of National Defence.
“While providing our military equipment at the cutting edge of technology, the announcement we make today will stimulate economic growth in the country,” stressed, for his part, Steven Blaney.
“The trailers will be manufactured in Alberta. Armored protection systems come from Saskatchewan and Ontario. A Michelin plant in Nova Scotia will provide the tires, “he listed, recalling the obligation of a foreign company wins a contract from the Canadian government, under the Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy, to spend at Canada an amount equivalent to the contract she got.
According to Blaney and Kenney, military contracts will create nearly 600 jobs in the country and the maintenance of a hundred others.
The acquisition of 1,500 new military trucks is one element of the Medium Support Vehicle System project of the Ministry of National Defence.
On specialized markets, Canada has already got hold of other vehicles in 1300, which were delivered in 2011 for most. The Canadian government has also acquired shelter that can serve as mobile workspaces, including command post or weather station.