DEW Engineering wins $130-million defence contract

August 12, 2009
by Purchasingb2b staff

Miramichi, NB— DEW Engineering and Development ULC has won a $130-million contract from the Department of National Defence.

The company, based in Ottawa, with operations in Miramichi, NB, won the competitive bid process for the design and manufacture of 895 military shelters. The contract runs for four years and includes engineered data and logistics support, with the option for up to 110 additional shelters.

DEW Engineering partnered with Weatherhaven, a shelter company in Vancouver as its primary partner, along with other Canadian firms to create a "team Canada" approach to the project, which will create or maintain 230 jobs throughout all regions of Canada.

The shelters have onboard power and HVAC systems and are fully transportable by land, sea and air according to ISO standards allowing for rapid deployment anywhere required by DND, according to DEW.

"Initially DEW was approached by several large international firms who wanted to partner with DEW to bring their products to Canada", said Tim Dear, president of DEW Engineering. "This immediately caused me to first question is there the technical, financial and management capability within Canada to pursue this work? The answer to that question as evidenced here today is clearly yes."

The contract meets the required Industrial and Regional Benefit policy, stipulating 100 per cent direct and indirect Canadian content.

—Photo: Left to right: Keith Ashfield, minister of state for Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; Tim Dear, president of DEW Engineering and Development; Defence Minister Peter MacKay; MP Tilley O’Neill-Gordon, and Ray Castelli, CEO of Weatherhaven, in front of the new shelter. (CNW Group/DEW Engineering and Development ULC).