Military manufacturing contracts

Windsor, known as a manufacturing city, has been at or very near the top of Canada’s unemployment heap for more than a year.

General Motors no longer has a presence in Windsor. Hundreds of Ford employees remain laid off. And Chrysler now only makes one product in Windsor.

There have been calls for and efforts made to diversify the city’s economy, which is still tightly tied to the auto industry. Moving to military manufacturing, which uses similar machining, tool and die methods and computer-aided design, may be a solution to the city’s manufacturing woes.

In London, for example, General Dynamics employs 2,300 people, who buid the Canadian Armed Forces’ Light Armoured Vehicle III. Thirteen local shops combine to employ more than 300 people and supply parts to General Dynamics. The subcontracts alone are worth $19.67 million.

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  • A $5.04 million subcontract to The Fluid Power House Inc. for hydraulic reservoirs and other key power pack components;
  • A $2.54 million subcontract to I.G.D. Machined & Tool Ltd. for tapped pads and other metal fabrications and machine components;
  • A $2.34 million subcontract to Cantwell Cullen & Company Inc. for hose assemblies;
  • A $1.93 million subcontract to Advance Manufacturing Technologies ULC to perform machining services on the turret shell as well as to provide tube assemblies and other metal fabrications and machined components;
  • A $1.51 subcontract to Rho-Can Machine & Tool Company Ltd. for base plates and tube assemblies as well as other metal fabrications and machined components;
  • A $1.47 million subcontract to Abuma Manufacturing Limited for metal guards and housings;
  • A $1.22 million subcontract to Militex Coatings Inc., in association with Plasan Sasa Ltd., to manufacture spall liner – an advanced ballistic material that will provide high levels of protection against improvised explosive devices, mine blasts, as well as kinetic and chemical energy threats;
  • A $1.29 million subcontract to Noordermeer Bros. Inc. for torsion bars and other fabrications and machined components;
  • A $0.82 million subcontract to Calco Metal Manufacturing Corp. for tube and manifold assemblies as well as other metal fabrications and machined components;
  • A $0.76 million subcontract to Davwire: Defense & Aviation Wiring Inc. and Electrozad Supply Co. to  Electrozad Supply Co. (London) Limited. for high quality cable and wiring harnesses;
  • A $0.28 million subcontract to Electrozad Supply Company for rails;
  • A $0.24 million subcontract to Vandex Manufacturing Limited for bracket and frame assemblies as well as other metal fabrications and machined components; and
  • A $0.25 million subcontract to Hose Headquarters Ltd. for bulkhead tubes, fittings and connectors.