Quebec-based Bronswerk Group has clinched two important contracts from Irving Shipbuilding Inc., collectively valued at over $100 million. These contracts mark significant strides forward in the ongoing march of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), aimed at bolstering the country’s naval capabilities while injecting economic vitality into local communities.

Bronswerk Group’s involvement in the NSS spans a decade, during which it played a pivotal role in outfitting the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) vessels with top-of-the-line marine-grade HVAC systems. Now, their proven expertise is set to grace the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) ships, ensuring optimal comfort and safety for future crew members. These cutting-edge vessels, numbering 15 in total, are poised to replace the aging Halifax-class frigates, solidifying Canada’s naval prowess for decades to come.

Under the terms of the new contracts, Bronswerk will supply a range of Canadian-made HVAC equipment tailored specifically for the CSC fleet. This includes specialized Air Handling Units and Air Filtration Units, crucial for maintaining pristine air quality during mission deployments. Additionally, Bronswerk will deliver turnkey solutions in refrigeration machinery for Cold Provision, essential for preserving supplies and sustaining operational readiness.

Beyond the immediate technological contributions, these contracts spell good news for regional economies. Bronswerk’s operations in Montreal and Halifax are poised to create up to 20 new jobs, spanning procurement, design, and manufacturing roles. This injection of employment opportunities underscores the tangible benefits of the NSS, transforming it from a mere policy initiative into a catalyst for growth and prosperity.

“Bronswerk is proud to count on the trust and support of Irving Shipbuilding,” said Francis Fontaine, CEO Bronswerk Group. “This trust has now expanded to the CSC. Over the course of our 10-years supporting the NSS, and working on the AOPS vessels, we have developed a highly skilled team that delivers Canadian-made solutions. Bronswerk is proud to contribute to the safety and readiness of the CSC, which will provide the very best protection during peace or active-duty missions for the Royal Canadian Navy sailors.”

Bronswerk’s success story exemplifies the economic windfall generated by the NSS, as outlined in the latest Conference Board of Canada Report. Projections suggest that between 2013 and 2025, the AOPS and CSC programs will inject over $11.8 billion into Canada’s GDP, with a substantial portion allocated to labor income. Notably, Bronswerk’s contributions to the AOPS program have garnered international acclaim, positioning the company as a global leader in marine HVAC-R solutions.

“Irving Shipbuilding’s work with Bronswerk is one more testament to the impact of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), delivering economic benefits and fostering Canadian innovation right across the country,” says Lee Fromson, Vice President, Supply Chain and Quality, Irving Shipbuilding. “In ten short years, the NSS has put an end to the boom-and-bust cycles that used to characterize Canada’s shipbuilding industry. We are focused on re-building supply chains, re-establishing a highly skilled workforce, and working with Canadian suppliers to support our sailors charged with maintaining our security at home and overseas.”

The longstanding partnership between Bronswerk and Irving Shipbuilding dates back four decades, with their collaboration initially taking shape during the Canadian Patrol Frigates project of the 1980s and 1990s. Today, Bronswerk’s influence extends beyond the East Coast, with active engagements on the West Coast alongside Seaspan Shipyard for non-combatant vessels within the NSS framework.

As Canada charts its course towards maritime excellence, Bronswerk Group stands at the helm, steering the nation towards a brighter, more prosperous future on the high seas.