Weatherhaven lands $60m military contract

(PORT COQUITLAM) – The first mobile shelter unit of a $60 million “Made in BC” procurement program was unveiled today, showcasing state-of-the-art engineering, design, and manufacturing from around the Lower Mainland. More than forty-seven BC companies have contributed as part of the supply chain to build these world-class structures, under contract to Burnaby-based Weatherhaven. Eight of those companies, representing more than 90% of the value of the work effort, were invited to participate in the event today. When fully deployed on military vehicles, these shelters can be outfitted into more than thirty configurations including command centres, medical clinics and kitchens. A key feature of these units is an on-board mechanical room, which enables each unit to operate independently. These vehicles will be used to support both domestic needs as well as peacekeeping and humanitarian missions around the world. Weatherhaven CEO, Ray Castelli marked the occasion by leading a tour of the final assembly facility located at Wesgar Completions in Port Coquitlam. Castelli was joined by the Honourable James Moore, Minister Responsible for British Columbia, Keith Day, facility operator and Wesgar CEO, and representatives from key supplier companies involved in the project. “These new military truck bodies represent world class design and manufacturing capability,” Castelli explained. “Part of our business strategy, as well as one of our contractual obligations under Canada’s Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) program, is to build and enable a local supply chain capable of doing world class manufacturing to challenging military specifications. We’re extremely proud of what our BC supply chain team partners have been able to achieve,” he added. “These state of the art units are...