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Feds invest $10M to build “smart factory” at Manitoba aerospace training facility

Project is worth more than $15 million, including investments from local partners.


WINNIPEG — The federal government has invested $10 million to expand the Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training (CATT) and create a new space at Red River College’s Notre Dame campus that’s been dubbed “the Smart Factory.”

Along with funding from locals partners, including Red River College ($1.2 million) and StanardAero ($4.5 million), the project is more than $15 million. The federal portion has been made available through the Western Diversification Program.

The Smart Factory will connect aerospace and manufacturers with specialized equipment and new technology to support advanced manufacturing processes. The partnership will also help students develop the skills to implement new and innovative technologies and prepare them for jobs required in industry in the near future.

The CATT is an industrial campus co-located at StandardAero, a Winnipeg-based aerospace company, where new processes and materials are tested without interrupting production flow. It is one of three facilities of its kind in North America and a model of collaboration between industry and post-secondary institutions.

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