Canada’s de Havilland Aircraft announced yesterday that it will build a manufacturing complex in Wheatland County, Alberta, about 30 minutes east of Calgary. Named de Havilland Field, the 15-acre site will serve as the final assembly point for the DHC-515 firefighter aircraft launched earlier this year, the DHC-6 Twin Otter, and the Dash 8-400, the latter two of which the company is working to bring back into production.
The location will include an aircraft assembly facility, runway, parts manufacturing and distribution center and a maintenance, repair and overhaul center. The site will also feature educational space for staff training, general office buildings, and a de Havilland Canada Aviation Museum.
The de Havilland field will complement the company’s parts manufacturing facility in Victoria, British Columbia, and an engineering and customer support center in Toronto, Ontario.
The company estimates the de Havilland field will provide 1,500 jobs when fully operational. Construction is expected to begin in 2023, once the property’s rezoning process and other government approvals are completed. De Havilland officials said the full build-out of the site would likely take 10 to 15 years, although they expect the first buildings to be operational by 2025.