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Portable shelters; the latest in series of spending for Canadian Forces

MIRAMICHI, N.B. - A New Brunswick company has been awarded a $130-million contract to design and produce almost 900 portable shelters for the Canadian Armed Forces.

MIRAMICHI, N.B. - A New Brunswick company has been awarded a $130 million contract to design and produce almost 900 portable shelters for the Canadian Armed Forces.

DEW Engineering of Miramichi, N.B., is partnering with Weatherhaven of Vancouver and a number of other companies across Canada to complete the contract - providing 230 jobs.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay made the announcement this morning in Miramichi.

The shelters will have their own power, heating and cooling systems, and be transportable by land, sea or air for rapid deployment.

The contract includes the option for 110 more shelters.

The deal is the latest in a series of procurement announcements for the forces, which have included improved armoured vehicles and new helicopters.