The Government of New Brunswick announced it is supporting the Miramichi Airport Commission as it upgrades a vacant hangar to accommodate new tenants.

“This funding is important for the sustainability of the airport and economic growth in the region,” said Réjean Savoie, minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation. “With this support, the airport has been able to attract Sandvik Group as a tenant, and Sandvik is creating jobs.”

The upgrades include electrical work, lights, insulation and metal wall panelling. The provincial government is providing $125,000. Equal funding is being provided by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

“On behalf of the Miramichi Airport Commission, we are delighted to have the Province of New Brunswick and ACOA partner with us in the latest investment in our airport,” said commission president Derek Burchill. “This investment for upgrading our hangar made it possible for us to attract more expansion from Sandvik, who has grown from one building to a total of four. This will allow Sandvik to service their new electric underground drill vehicles which are manufactured in Sweden, shipped to Halifax, and brought to the Miramichi Airport for service and final detailing before being shipped to their customers across Canada and beyond.”

“Sandvik Mining is pleased with the two levels of government coming together to make the investment upgrades possible here at the Miramichi Airport to help support our growing business needs for both the surface drills and underground equipment divisions across Canada,” said Norman MacKnight, the company’s field operations manager for eastern Canada.

The commission was created in 1974 and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1993 to acquire and operate the airport and its facilities.

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