Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

July 28, 2011 13:15 ET

Government of Canada Awards Contract to Canadian Firm for Bomb Suits to Protect Canadian Forces

PEMBROKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 28, 2011) - Today, Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, and the Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, announced the awarding of a contract for integrated heavy bomb suits to Allen-Vanguard Corporation of Ottawa, Ontario. Ms. Gallant made the announcement at the company's manufacturing facility in Pembroke, Ontario.

"I am pleased to announce the awarding of this contract to Allen-Vanguard Corporation," said Ms. Gallant. "Today's announcement is good news for our local economy and it means maintaining jobs right here in Pembroke."

"Our government is committed to providing our men and women in uniform the best possible equipment they need to do their job at home and abroad," said Minister Ambrose. "This contract ensures that Canadian expertise will be used to help protect our Canadian soldiers, while maintaining Canadian jobs."

"Today's announcement is welcome news for the Canadian Forces and Canadian industry. We are once again demonstrating our commitment to delivering the equipment our Forces need to protect Canadian interests," said Minister Fantino. "Our brave men and women of the Canadian Forces must have modern, reliable and effective military equipment to meet future national and global missions."

Under the five-year contract, the company will provide 94 complete Med-Eng bomb suits. The Med-Eng bomb suit will provide Canadian Forces members with chemical and respiratory protection and cooling to mitigate heat stress before, during and after missions.

The contract is valued at approximately $7.5 million and most of the work to produce the suits will be done at Allen-Vanguard Corporation's manufacturing facility in Pembroke, Ontario. This contract will maintain more than 50 local Canadian jobs.

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Contact Information

  • Michelle Bakos
    Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose

    Chris McCluskey
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Julian Fantino

    Media Relations
    Public Works and Government Services Canada

    Media Liaison Office
    National Defence