HALIFAX – MAN Diesel and Turbo, a world leader in diesel engine technology, has selected Nova Scotia for its new centre of operations and up to 25 new, good paying jobs.
"MAN Diesel and Turbo is an international player that chose Nova Scotia for its new centre of operations," said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. "Together, we are growing a strong shipbuilding and ocean technology industry and creating good jobs for the long term."
The centre is providing service, repair and maintenance for clients with MAN diesel engines, which power more than 50 per cent of the world's large commercial ships.
MAN Diesel and Turbo is employing people who have completed a four-year marine engineering program with a 2nd, 3rd or 4th class ranking.
"We're focused on a local workforce with the certified skills needed to work on MAN engines; these are skills that are in demand around the world and not yet developed in this region," said Pierre Poulain, customer support manager of MAN Diesel and Turbo Canada Ltd. "We're also creating beneficial relationships with local sub-contractors to develop the supply chain to meet our machining needs."
Spar Marine Ltd., is one of the local companies already working with MAN to help meet its needs with marine electrical services.
"We are a prime local contractor for MAN and our capacity is growing while our work is being recognized internationally," says Mark Mouat, vice-president of operations at Spar Marine Ltd. "We have close to 30 employees that are marine-trained and are some of the most experienced marine electricians in Atlantic Canada, who are certified to work with MAN's technology such as the Pielstick engine."
The estimated job creation could generate almost $4,500,000 of new payroll in Nova Scotia over the next five years, returning an estimated $432,000 in direct tax revenue to the province. If the company creates 25 new jobs, it could earn up to $315,000 through NSBI.
"MAN Diesel and Turbo does business in five continents and is a recognized global brand," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. "This is the type of company we want doing business from Nova Scotia. MAN Diesel and Turbo's new footprint here becomes strategically attractive to shippers and other businesses in the marine industry."
The company led an industry event in Halifax in March, which focused on connecting with Nova Scotia companies to create working relationships. The event was an opportunity to learn about procurement, processes and tools so local businesses can work with the company.
MAN Diesel and Turbo Canada Ltd. has contracts with the Canadian Navy as well as a number of Atlantic shipping, ferry and cruise lines.
MAN Diesel and Turbo is the world's leading provider of large-bore diesel engines and turbomachinery for marine and stationary applications. It designs two-stroke and four-stroke engines, gas and steam turbines, as well as compressors. The product range is rounded off by turbochargers, propellers, gas engines and chemical reactors. Customers receive worldwide after-sales services marketed under the MAN PrimeServ brand.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province's private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca.