Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 3:55 p.m.
Dart Aerospace brings more jobs to Hawkesbury
The Town of Hawkesbury may show up in one of President Donald Trump’s Twitter rants soon. Dart Aerospace is shutting down its branch plant operation in Oregon and moving all of the jobs home to Hawkesbury.
Mayor Jeanne Charlebois described the situation as a good news/bad news situation with Hawkesbury getting the good news and the town of Eugene, Oregon the bad.
“You feel sorry for the loss of jobs for them,” Mayor Charlebois said, “though it is a plus for us.”
The company posted a notice on its website that plans are underway to shut the Dart Aerospace design and manufacturing facility in Eugene, Oregon by the end of this year. The branch plant operation designs tools, hooks, and other types of helicopter parts.
The closure of the U.S. facility means a boost to the size of the workforce at the company’s home facility in Hawkesbury. Dart Aerospace will relocate those jobs, boosting the current workforce in Hawkesbury from 85 to 105 employees. Alain Madore, Dart Aerospace president and chief executive officer, explained the reasons for the decision to shut down the Oregon branch plant and “centralize” its operations in Canada. One is cost reduction and the other is the present currency exchange rate which is favourable for companies like Dart which export products to the U.S. and around the world.
Mayor Charlebois noted that the additional jobs could mean future expansion of the existing Dart Aerospace facility in Hawkesbury, which could also mean future job opportunities for local youths graduating high school and college.
“It might help bring them back home,” she said. “This does give an opportunity to some of our younger generation.”
Most of the company’s workforce in Hawkesbury is from Eastern Ontario and Western Québec.