says DEW President, Timothy Dear.
"Initially DEW was approached by several large international firms who wanted to partner with DEW to bring their products to Canada", said Tim Dear, President of DEW Engineering and Development.
DEW President Timothy Dear was joined by Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Keith Ashfield, Miramichi MP Tilly O'Neill-Gordon, and John K. Coors, CEO of Colorado-based ceramics firm CoorsTek and member of the vaunted Coors brewing family.
Ashfield toured the converted air hangar that serves as the company's base of operations, and praised Dear
long-standing commitment to providing meaningful employment to the Miramichi.
Gesturing to the carnival-like atmosphere that was arranged for employees and their families - which included face-painting, raffles, games, live music, and a barbecue - Ashfield said it's clear that DEW
isn't your average engineering firm.
"There aren't a lot of companies that do this for their workers," he
"They're committed to their people.
They like the workforce here, and if you find the type of combination that features a state-of-the-art facility, workforce, and good people, it's pretty hard to beat."
, who is based at company headquarters in Ottawa, said it was important for both him and Coors to attend the company picnic, adding that having Ashfield and O'Neill-Gordon present was an added bonus.
On the vehicle refurbishment side of DEW's
Miramichi operation, Dear
said the accolades have been just as consistent.
"The compliments that we've received from the original manufacturer of the vehicle has stated that the vehicles come off as good or better than they did the first time around, so that speaks to the top-notch employees in the Miramichi."
With the uncertain futures of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Dear
optimistic the company will be able to adapt to whatever contracts are needed.
sees a thriving DEW Engineering remaining in Miramichi well into the distant future.
"The key about the employ is that it's flexible; we've done the Leopard Tank here, we've done the armoured vehicle re-life, we've done the Bison (armoured personnel carrier), we make armour for New Zealand, the United States, and Canada," he
said, "So whether it's in ceramic technologies or other vehicle programs that Canada's looking to embark on, there will be a role in that for Miramichi."