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Innovation, Trade and Rural Development
March 19, 2010

Manufacturer of Almost Bulletproof
Air Shelters Receives Provincial Government Investment

Grand Bank-based Dynamic Air Shelters is receiving $725,000 from the Provincial Government to expand its infrastructure, and to meet the product requirements of the Canadian military and other industrial clients.

The Honourable Shawn Skinner, Minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development, made the announcement at the Dynamic Air Shelters� factory in Grand Bank. Accompanying Minister Skinner at the announcement was the Honourable Darin King, MHA, Grand Bank; Harold Warner, President, Dynamic Air Shelters Ltd.; and Darrell Lafosse, Mayor, Town of Grand Bank.

�A major employer on the Burin Peninsula, Dynamic Air Shelters is thinking global as it expands and further improves its production process,� said Minister Skinner.
�As the global economy strengthens, the research and development carried-out by Dynamic Air Shelters will fuel future growth and significantly enhance its marketability to industrial users.�

Dynamic Air Shelters manufactures promotional, industrial, first-response, and blast resistant shelters. Its products have been used by the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, along with oil and gas companies. In response to the Canadian military�s request for almost bulletproof inflatable shelters for their work in such places as Afghanistan, the company is making necessary changes to its production process.

�Dynamic�s successes are celebrated by our company when measuring our manufacturing skill development, extraordinary product development, lean process refinement and the impending achievement of ISO 9001 status,� said Harold Warner, President, Dynamic Air Shelters. �For each of these initiatives, the Provincial Government has been our partner. The progress that we have enjoyed to date and the success we are committed to achieving are benchmarks of an exceptional relationship between Dynamic Air Shelters and the Provincial Government. We are deeply grateful for the support of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.�

The company�s expansion includes completion of a 12,000 square foot facility and the acquisition of new equipment. The increased levels of research and development enable the company to manufacture shelters that meet military specifications.

�Dynamic Air Shelters� continued success bodes well for the Town of Grand Bank and the surrounding region,� said Minister King. �There will be increased employment opportunities with the company looking to add 20 positions, and spin-off benefits for other businesses on the Burin Peninsula.�

Funding was provided through the Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development. The department supports regional development and economic diversification across Newfoundland and Labrador through a comprehensive suite of business development programs that are focused on advancing the interests of small and medium-sized enterprises and their competitiveness.

�The Provincial Government�s business development programs were designed with the goal of supporting local enterprises such as Dynamic Air Shelters complete activities that are focused on expansion and increased competitiveness,� said Minister Skinner. �With investment of this nature we are considerably advancing new employment and business opportunities while supporting regional economic development.�

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Media contacts:

Scott Barfoot
Director of Communications
Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development
709-729-4570, 690-6290
Kay Riggs
Vice President Operations
Dynamic Air Shelters Ltd.
Corey T. Parsons
Constituency Assistant to the Honourable Darin King, MHA, Grand Bank

2010 03 19                                                   1:50 p.m.

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