Minister Fast Welcomes Arrival of C-130K Hercules Aircraft

Photo (from left to right): Cascade team crew members Mark Miao, Mark Myers, Alex Novkovic, James Davidson, Dana Thernes, Costa Rojas, Sora Lee and Eric Sherlock; Dwayne Lucas, Executive Vice President (EVP); Minister Fast; Pete Michaels, Cascade crew; Stuart McIntosh, Vice President, Operations; Benjamin Boehm, EVP and Chief Operating Officer; Pierre Carignan, Director, 130 Programs; and Rick Renard, Director, Business Development.

December 18, 2013 - Abbotsford, British Columbia - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade (centre), welcomes the arrival of two C-130K Hercules aircraft owned by the Mexican Air Force at Cascade Aerospace. Under a contract negotiated between the National Defense Secretariat of Mexico and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), Cascade Aerospace will modernize, maintain, repair and overhaul the two planes. This is Cascade’s first international military C-130 customer.

This contract represents 70 full-time jobs at Cascade over the next year and will sustain 100 high-value jobs at Cascade, with local suppliers in the defence and aerospace field and in other sectors. Cascade Aerospace is a leading Canadian specialty aerospace and defence contractor that provides long-term integrated aircraft support programs to domestic and international military, government  and commercial customers, as well as to original equipment manufacturers.

According to the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, Canada’s defence and security sector employs approximately 109,000 people.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
613-992-7332

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