Moving to Valley

Body armour products maker Pacific Safety Products Inc. is moving its headquarters from Kelowna, B.C. to a yet undetermined location in the Ottawa region. The move will place PSP's corporate offices nearer to its manufacturing facilities in Arnprior, if not in the town itself It will also bring the company closer to its main customers in central Canada, as well as competitors in the eastern Canada and .PSP.JPGthe US. "With the pending acquisition of APS Inc., located in Halifax, the establishment last year of a manufacturing facility in Dover, Tenn. and the opening of a sales office in Jacksonville, Fla., the proximity of the corporate office to the other locations was considered important to support the growth strategy," states the company. PSP has maintained manufacturing operations in Arnprior for the last 20 years. In September, the plant moved to new, larger facilities in the town and 50 staff were added, bringing the company's local workforce to 125 employees. PSP president and CEO, Gerry Bush, says the company made the decision to move to the Ottawa Valley and expand manufacturing capabilities in the region when it became clear that it could not find the skilled workers it needed for its new defence business in Kelowna. PSP manufactures and sells emergency medical kits, rescue equipment and protective-wear for military, law enforcement and emergency responders. The company expects to be fully relocated within six months.

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