The new Nautican Research and Development manufacturing and integration facility in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, opened in December 2016 with the support of Babcock Canada and the provincial government. The first shipment, a set of rudders, is nearing completion and will soon be delivered to Pacific Fisherman in Seattle.
The new facility produces Nautican’s High-Efficiency marine propulsion products. Over the coming years Nautican will progressively transition the manufacturing of its Integrated Propulsion Units (IPUs) to the new facility as well. Now with a staff of six employees, the facility will eventually add more employees, bringing an estimated 21 new full-time positions to the region.
The provincial government was key in establishing the new facility by providing labor rebates for new positions and a lease rebate. “The province is committed to expanding the marine technology sector,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan. “In addition, Nautican’s new facility to the province’s advanced marine technology cluster helps us increase our exports and create quality, full-time jobs for Islanders.”
Last year, Nautican unveiled its Ocean Series IPUs, with pre-engineered components. The move to standardized components means that manufacturing is smoother, faster and more predictable. The delivery of this first set of rudders reflects this new model and demonstrates that Nautican is now better equipped to manufacture the highest quality products more quickly and efficiently, and able to provide customers with more precise delivery dates and faster production times.
Two more shipments are schedule from the PEI facility: An Ocean Series, Class 200, 80” IPU for a fishing vessel out of Alaska, that will ship in late June; followed by four 104” IPUs shipping out in late September.
“Prince Edward Island is my home province, and the ideal place for our operations given the location, skilled work force, and the enthusiastic support of the local government,” said Elizabeth Reynolds Boyd, president and owner of Nautican. “Along with the support of Babcock we are certain to help establish the province as a primary hub for marine business.”