Local aerospace firm set to grow

Darrell Cole
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Bradean's to create 35 new jobs over five years

Local aerospace firm set to grow

AMHERST - From two men with a dream to start a small business in their hometown, Bradean's Tool and Die has grown to become a world class competitor in the international defence and aerospace industries.

With a five-year payroll rebate up to a maximum of $251,600, the company is set to expand by adding as many as 35 new employees while retaining jobs for 13 existing employees.

"Our company has identified a niche market with tremendous growth possibilities that can be serviced right here in Amherst," company vice-president Dean Smith said soon after Premier Rodney MacDonald announced the funding. "Our people are the backbone of our operations and we're excited about this next phase of growth."

In business in Amherst's industrial park since 2002, Bradean's recently obtained certification in the standardized quality management system for the international aerospace industry. The company serves both local and international clients including IMP Aerospace, APEX Industries, Boeing, Bombardier and Cessna.

The company produces a wide range of airplane parts, components and tooling for fuel tanks, wings and cargo doors.

"These companies come here for the parts, the expertise and the people they need," Lisa Bugden of Nova Scotia Business Inc. said. "This expansion offers more proof to the world that Nova Scotia's aerospace, security and defence sector remains strong and is open for business."

The premier, making his second trip to Cumberland County in a few weeks, applauded the company for taking the initiative and helping make Amherst an aerospace hub.

"This investment illustrates our commitment to growing and keeping jobs in Nova Scotia and that's particularly important during challenging economic times. They are not only creating news jobs, but retaining existing jobs," the premier said. "It's great news for the company, but for the community and for Nova Scotia's aerospace and defence sectors."

The premier said the announcement is a testament to the dedication and commitment shown by company owners Dean Smith and Brad Sprague and to their employees.

"This is the type of story we want to be talking about from one end of this province to the other," he said.

Economic and Rural Renewal Minister Murray Scott said the work of Bradean's is an example of a Nova Scotia company succeeding in tough economic times.

"This company is ready for growth and ready to create new opportunities for Nova Scotians," Scott said. "The province and NSBI are committed to supporting companies like this as it become stronger and more competitive."

The area's MLA, Ernie Fage, welcomed the announcement saying it's an example of what a small business can do if it puts its mind to it.

"I've seen this company undergo some small expansions in recent years, but to see this homegrown company grow like this is tremendous," Fage said.


Organizations: Nova Scotia Business, IMP Aerospace, APEX Industries Boeing Bombardier Cessna

Geographic location: AMHERST, Nova Scotia, Cumberland County

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  • uncle bobby
    January 18, 2010 - 11:19

    Socialism, HuH ?

  • Michael from the Hill
    January 18, 2010 - 11:19

    Congrats Dean on a job well done... from your friends in Pugwash...

  • Roger Langille
    January 18, 2010 - 11:18

    This is all very strange to say the least. br br I was invited to NS to buy the Trentonworks by Rodney and was informed by his office to meet this man the economic development minister. br br I had brought 220 million to invest in our Coal and Steel industries in Sydney some years back. I wanted to buy and re open the Trentonworks now. I also want to build a modern world class shipyard and new Modern Steel plants. br br I would like to point out that these steel plants will produce Carbon Steels and Strainless Steels as well as titanium Steels like the Areo Space industry uses. br br With local supply of metal and steels for the Trentonworks the shipyards and Areo space industries this will give these companies a much lower cost for these raw materials they need. br br Not to mention the Jobs to the Steel Industries and Areo Space. br br br This is thousands of Jobs, Real Jobs! This comment has been edited by a moderator.

  • Carole
    January 18, 2010 - 11:17

    And the gripping starts..Let it be what it will be. I grew up with both these men and I think they are doing an amazing job. Both well respected in the community and very nice guys. Good luck to you both and Congrats.
    Keep up the good work and don't let people's comments on here get you down..It will be what it will be..Work hard and stay on track

  • Buck
    January 18, 2010 - 11:07

    Its nothing but a photo opportunity for a man who's about to be turfed out of his job.

  • Icy
    January 18, 2010 - 11:04

    Yes, Carole, the gripping starts - although griping would be more appropriate. Bradeans are gripping the government handouts, and the rest of us are griping about it. And we certainly have a right to - it's our hard-earned money and this is simple electioneering. Money spent on education in this province is obviously a priority.

  • Bob
    January 18, 2010 - 11:00

    These Loans that do not need to be repaid do nothing except short term gain for the politican who announces them. In the long term will these new jobs still be around? This is simply local election pandering.

  • Roy from Troy
    January 18, 2010 - 10:50

    Any progress, any new jobs in these times are good for whatever community the company resides.

    Why the negativity? Be happy something is happening for God sakes. I have been around this globe three times, 45 states in America and across this country 12 times and have never seen such negativity in a place in all my travels. Why?

    Perhaps the people that always seem to see the negativity in something positive should ask themselves why!

    I waited to comment on this story to see people's attitude and they didn't disappoint. Exactly what I expected. It's no wonder people leave and never come back.

    I just shake my head in bewilderment because I don't understand the attitude.

    Be happy, if your not, then make changes in your life, and if you can't be happy then be happy for someone else. Life is to short to be miserable.

  • SmallTown
    January 18, 2010 - 10:41

    Maybe Bradeans and C-Vision could partner up and count all of their gov't money they get!!! Move over C-Vision you have competition for the seed money!

  • Daniel
    January 18, 2010 - 10:40

    It actully wasn't truro it was Debert most of you will remember what happened to that plant in Debert did it even open I had my start date if I took the job 40 hours a week salary it took maybe 6 weeks to shut it down forget the excact figure but say $13 an hour there is $3120 of tax payers money I'm glad I didn't take.

  • breadeansfan
    January 18, 2010 - 10:36

    i know a lot about the bredeans shop. they have an employee that is very skilled one of the top in canada and one of the owners (Brad) is very skilled at what he does.he has trained his employees well and yes i do think this bussiness will do well.they have already grown so well on thier own. Brad and Dean would never take someone fresh out of school and put them in a manager spot.they have worked hard for what they have and that is why they are very well respected in town.yes a lot of smalll bussinesses close fast but that will not be the future for this one.they are not trying to grow too fast for their bussiness.you are talking very low of two men that do their jobs very well and are very smart at what they do. instead of throwing people into the work with just the skills they have from school Brad makes sure they learn some more of the ins and outs of the job. everyone inthat shop is willing to do the lowest of jobs from the basic jobs to scrubing toliets to cleaning the tables they work on.and that is what makes a bussiness work.when you treat your employees good they will treat you good.it is not about the money in that shop it is about the people and a passion they share. most couldnt give two piles about the government. so if you see it as something with the governtment trying to be seen then why dont you stop thinking abotu the governement and see it as a small bussiness expanding and making something more of a small community.more people are moving home from out west for reasons like this one. the jobs are opening up in this small town. there is a big difference between company's that take and take from the government and dont do much on their own first and ones like bredean's that worked hard for years and then got some help with their hard work continueing. GO BREADEAN'S!!!!!

  • Shack Wacky
    January 18, 2010 - 10:36

    Where's Ernie?

  • Daniel
    January 18, 2010 - 10:36

    This reminds me of the areospace company that tryed to start up in Truro I was hired as shop manger in the machine shop but turned it down cause I was straight out of NSCC!!! Nothing against NSCC but right out of school to running a shop???? That was goverment money making jobs and so is this kinda makes me wonder how long these jobs wil last too?? turned down that job for another making $1.50 less an hour and the areoshape job was over in 3 months glad i wasn't al about the money!!!

  • Wake Up
    January 18, 2010 - 10:35

    In july of 2007 Rodney and company were in Amherst to announce a 3,200,000 wage rebate program to IMP to build the business and create 325 new highly skilled jobs. IMP hired a few people, not even 10% of the 325 they projected, but instead of investing in machinery and training, which the rebate program was intended for, they chose to send the work out which Bradeans has the lions share of. So now Rodney and his clown patroll came to anounce another wage rebate program to them to do the same work they gave IMP the rebate progam for in the first place. Seems to me, but hey, I'm only a dumb Maritimer, that Rodney and his loyal crew should have been asking IMP 2 years later what they have done to secure jobs in their facility. That doesn,t seem very smart on their behalf unless the goal is not to create jobs but to secure votes. Politics runamuck 101