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Defence company setting up P.E.I. shop

A company that creates products to protect soldiers from biological and chemical weapons is planning to establish a manufacturing facility on P.E.I.
Allen Dillon, COO of Portsmouth Atlantic (left) and company managing director Simon Escott in the CBC lobby (Matt Rainnie/CBC)

A company that creates products that protect soldiers from biological and chemical weapons is planning to establish a manufacturing facility on P.E.I.

Portsmouth Atlantic is a new division of Portsmouth Aviation, which is based in Portsmouth, U.K. The company opened a design office in Charlottetown in May, and is expanding on that.

"What we're going to do from there is create that innovation on paper and computers, and then migrate that to a fabrication capability and manufacturing facility over the next year," company COO Allen Dillon told CBC News Thursday.

The P.E.I. government is offering the company support to help it set up shop. It will receive $100,000 through Innovation PEI, as well as rebates on its payroll.

"This is a company with decades of experience, a solid reputation and a growing presence in world markets," said Innovation Minister Allen Roach in a news release.

The company also has divisions in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Portsmouth Atlantic will be focused on creating filters to protect safe rooms on warships from biological and chemical weapons.

The company expects to create 38 jobs over the next three years.

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