Facility Adds Jobs, Diversity and a Skilled Workforce
to Thompson’s Economy
(Thompson, Manitoba) The province is providing a $2.5 million Manitoba Industrial Program Opportunities (MIOP) loan to the Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research (GLACIER) to support capital upgrades to GLACIER's aircraft engine testing and certification facility in Thompson, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.
"This world class facility, which specializes in cold weather engine testing, provides significant economic benefits to the local community, adding jobs, diversifying its industrial base and providing a new career vision for northern youth," said Selinger. "Our government's additional funding will help create enhanced capabilities, which in the future will enable the facility to perform advanced engine testing in all seasons."
GLACIER is a consortium of two of the world's largest aero-engine equipment manufacturers, Rolls-Royce Canada Limited and Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. The National Research Council has developed and delivered the engine icing equipment and controls for the GLACIER facility and has committed to providing ongoing icing technology support. Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney use the aerospace centre for icing certification programs on their latest advanced turbine engines. Enhancements currently underway will enable a variety of performance, endurance and specialty testing, outside of the ice-testing season.
"We are pleased to support Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce as they continue their important research and testing on the latest advanced turbine engines," said Selinger. "This leading edge technology and research will further establish Manitoba's reputation as a global aerospace centre and strengthen Thompson's importance as an international engine test centre."
The MIOP loan is repayable, fully secured and interest bearing. Today's support adds to the $9.5 million in MIOP funding provided in 2009 to facilitate the establishment of this $40 million engine testing facility.
» Sign up to the RNS on your handheld device or mobile phone
» Sign up to get the latest news
delivered to your inbox