The GM Defense subsidiary of Detroit’s General Motors Co. is expanding its operations to Canada to increase its global footprint and to deliver made-in-Canada military equipment to the Canadian armed forces.
“We understand that the Canadian military procurement process requires significant investments in country, and we’re confident that GM’s current and future investments will help us meet our Industrial Technological Benefit obligations in support of our Canadian customers,” says Steve duMont, president of GM Defense.
GM has invested $6 billion since 2009 to update its Canadian manufacturing facilities, including the reopening of Oshawa Assembly and investments to convert CAMI Assembly into Canada’s first large-scale commercial electric vehicle manufacturing plant. GM Defense says it expects to benefit from these investments, positioning it to have the agility to meet Canadian defense requirements with potential made-in-Canada solutions.
“GM’s world-class manufacturing and engineering resources in Canada make this collaboration a natural next step for expanding our global presence,” duMont says. “We have a seamless partnership with GM Canada that will enable us to deliver highly customized solutions to meet the unique requirements of Canadian defense and government customers.”
Working as one team alongside GM Canada, Bradley Watters, GM Defense’s new vice president of international business development, and Pete Johnson, GM Defense’s new vice president of integrated vehicles business development, will lead military customer engagements on behalf of GM Defense in Canada and more broadly around the globe.
GM Defense delivers integrated vehicles, power and propulsion, and mobility and autonomy solutions to global defense, security, and government markets.
The company will be showcasing some of its solutions and discussing its capabilities at Canada’s global defense and security trade show hosted by Canadian Association of Defense and Security Industries today and tomorrow in Ottawa.
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