For Immediate Release
April 26th, 2016
Crombie Marks MHI Canada 10th Anniversary and Long-Standing Mississauga-Japanese Relations
Mississauga – When our aerospace companies are competitive, strong and thriving, so is our local economy, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today, at an event marking the 10th anniversary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industry (MHI) Canada Aerospace Inc.
On hand for the ceremonies were a number of dignitaries including Mr. Tetsuro Hisano, Vice President and General Manager of the MHI Canada’s parent company’s Aerospace and Airplane Division. During Mayor Crombie’s recent Investment Mission to Japan, the Mayor held meetings at MHI in Nagoya.
Mayor Crombie said “While in Nagoya I had the opportunity to first meet with Mr. Hisano and other corporate leaders from MHI” adding that “we undertook a tour of their massive and state-of-the-art aerospace manufacturing facility.”
“MHI manufactures the wing of the Boeing 787 at their Nagoya plant, which is a massive undertaking.” Mayor Crombie said “the precision and craftsmanship necessary to build a wing of an airplane is without compare and the manufacturing facility in which it is done is as equally impressive.”
“We had the opportunity to walk the floor, meet workers, and see first-hand how the wing of the 787 is constructed. I have had the pleasure of a similar tour at MHI Canada, with Canadian President, Mike McCarthy.”
Throughout Japan, I was repeatedly told by business and government leaders that Mississauga is an attractive place for foreign-direct investment because of our highly skilled workforce, Mayor Crombie said to a gathering of nearly 700 employees who were on hand for the anniversary celebrations.
“Our talented and highly educated workforce – people like you – is one of the most important assets Mississauga has,” noting that:
- Over 32,000 residents have trade certificates and diplomas;
- 12% of our workforce is educated in engineering and architecture-related skills;
- Over 66% of our workforce population has a post-secondary education; and
- Over 1/3 of adults in Mississauga have a university degrees.
MHI Canada has a 250,000 square foot plant in Malton and employs 700 people. Mississauga is Canada’s largest aerospace cluster by employment. Aerospace industry employs over 24,000 people in over 220 aerospace companies.
“Like Japan, Mississauga is very proud of our thriving aerospace sector. There is a long history of aerospace in Mississauga in large part because we are home to Canada’s largest airport – Pearson Airport.
“This legacy, combined with our high level of education means, we have a workforce in Ontario, and in particular Mississauga, that is tough to match.”
“Congratulations to the entire team from MHI Canada on achieving this important milestone,” Mayor Crombie concluded.