Marshall Land Systems Canada has officially opened the doors to its 82,000 square foot production facility at 66 English Drive, Moncton.
The opening event last week was attended by a broad range of representatives from federal and local government, industry partners, and stakeholders from the business and academic communities – in addition to Marshall’s own leadership team.
“The start of production here in Moncton is a huge development for Marshall, both in our second home market of Canada and on a global level,” said Marshall Canada EVP Sam Michaud.
“As we ramp up production of made-in-Canada containers for export to customers around the world, we will continue to boost local investment and employment over the long term by driving sustained growth and international development.
“We are enormously grateful to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Opportunities New Brunswick and Invest in Canada for their consistent support to get us to where we are now. We are more confident than ever that New Brunswick is the right place for this major expansion of our global footprint.”
The new facility will produce a range of specialist containers to support the North American and international markets, enabling Marshall Land Systems to grow its existing capabilities to meet customer needs on a global basis.
Before the end of the year, production will begin on the first “made in Canada” containers under the new facility’s initial European export contracts – namely the Defensiebrede Vervanging Operationele Wielvoertuigen (DVOW) and Netherlands Specialised Containers (NLSC) programmes. Containers produced under these contracts will ultimately be deployed to support Royal Netherlands Army missions around the world.
“Our government was proud to support the expansion of this new facility, which will help to create new employment opportunities and support economic growth in our province,” said the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.
Based on its current expectations, Marshall anticipates that the new facility will create 90 new direct employment opportunities in the local area by 2024, which could increase to 140 by the end of 2025 as the ramp-up to full operating capacity continues. The new facility is expected to boost New Brunswick’s fabricated metal manufacturing sector GDP by as much as 15 per cent by 2026 as well as driving export revenues to help address the province’s trade deficit in the sector.
If it is able to capitalize on a number of key domestic and international defence procurement programs such as Canada's Logistics Vehicle Modernization Program (LVM), Marshall expects to be generating as many as 500 direct and indirect jobs in the province before the end of the decade.
The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), contributed $2 million to support building renovations and the purchase of advanced manufacturing equipment.
“Marshall’s new facility is further proof that Atlantic Canada is a good place to do business,” said the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA.
“The federal government is helping Marshall create good jobs for people in Moncton, that will support strong communities and make our region an even better place to live and invest.”
At the 2023 Export Awards in June, Marshall Canada received an award from economic development agency Opportunities New Brunswick in recognition of its contribution to the New Brunswick community and economy.
“This is a significant milestone for Marshall and for New Brunswick’s aerospace and defence sector,” said Greg Turner, minister responsible for Opportunities NB.
“Through connection, collaboration, and community, we’ve created the right conditions for growth. It is clear why companies like Marshall Canada find New Brunswick to be an attractive place to do business.”
Earlier this month, Marshall Skills Academy Canada announced the start of training under its new apprentice-style “Earn as you Learn” programme in New Brunswick. The programme is being run as a five-year pilot project in close partnership between Marshall Skills Academy Canada, New Brunswick Community College and University of New Brunswick, and is backed by almost CAD $7 million in support from the Government of New Brunswick.
Marshall Land Systems Canada is currently hiring for around 30 permanent positions based out of the new Moncton facility, including fitters, painters, quality control, and contract admin. If you’d like to learn more, visit our recruitment page.