IMP contract preserves 10 N.S. jobs

Minister of defence announces $2.74 million contract

David Gossen, IMP president of Aerospace and Defence, speaks on behalf of IMP.  (Photo: Violet MacLeod)
David Gossen, IMP president of Aerospace and Defence, speaks on behalf of IMP about the contract. (Photo: Violet MacLeod)

Ten jobs were given new life today, following the announcement of a partnership between IMP and General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. Minister of Defence Peter MacKay announced a $2.74 million contract between the two companies.

“Contracts like this mean good-paying, good quality jobs,” said MacKay.

Following the federal government’s decision to upgrade its light armoured vehicles in 2011, General Dynamics has chosen IMP to build wire harnesses for the LAVIIIs. The LAVIIIs, which, are used to transport military personnel, will be modernized, “extending the life span of the Light Armoured Vehicle III to 2035,” according to the Department of National Defence.

IMP workers have photo-op with MacKay and Gossen (Photo: Katelynn Gough)
IMP workers have photo-op with MacKay and Gossen (Photo: Katelynn Gough)

IMP president of Aerospace and Defence David Gossen says without the contract these ten jobs could not continue.

“Without this contract we would not be able to support those 10 guys and gals,” he said. “It’s about maintaining our workforce and growing it.”

Gossen said that the contract may create new jobs in the future.

“Those 10 jobs today, could very easily be 20 or 30 next week or next month,” he said.

IMP employs about 115 people in their electronic systems department in Hammonds Plains.