Nautican Research & Development opened a manufacturing facility at Slemon Park in November, 2016.
The administration office opened in Charlottetown a year ago. At both locations there are a total of six staff, with plans to create 21 new full-time jobs over the next three years.
This marine propulsion company engineers and manufactures integrated propulsion systems for hydrodynamic solutions that increase power and maneuverability, while significantly reducing fuel use and maintenance needs.
“I see PEI as the best place for this new manufacturing facility, given its location, skilled workforce and the efforts of the government to establish the province as a hub for marine business,” says Elizabeth Reynolds Boyd, a Naval Architect and the owner of Nautican.
“I am very happy to be able to move Nautican’s manufacturing to PEI not only because I’m from here, but because it’s a perfect fit for the needs of my company.”
“Until now, the company focused on engineering and subcontracted the manufacturing,” says Paul Jamer, Vice President of Corporate Development. “With the move to PEI, we now want to take control of the manufacturing aspect.”
Babcock Canada, a multinational engineering and technology company, is providing Nautican with a significant investment to purchase equipment for its new manufacturing facility.
Rapid growth of the industry
The advanced marine technology sector has grown rapidly on PEI over the last three years. Sales have risen from $7 million in 2013 to over $76 million in 2015. More than 150 Islanders work in the industry, which represents about eight percent of total provincial exports.
“The addition of this new facility to the province’s advanced marine technology cluster helps us increase our exports and create quality, full-time jobs for Islanders,” says Premier Wade MacLauchlan.
“The province is committed to expanding the marine technology sector, and we have worked together with the industry to create a very attractive environment for these companies here on PEI.”
About the staff
Peter Lapp, Vice President of Engineering and Production, has been recruited from New York. “I am a naval architect/marine engineer. I have been involved in making many ship propellers and gas turbines, and have experience in the types of production we want to do here.
“Our three-phase program will begin with producing rudders and stators, and conclude with complete manufacture and assembly of the integrated system. We are just breaking into the first phase, and we have a great team of young professionals on staff.
“People on PEI are genuinely supportive and the Island is magical. We have lived in five places around the world, and this is near the top of our list. My wife and I can’t wait to get settled here.”
Brandon Laporte, 23, from Montague is a Red Seal Welder. He worked out west and returned to work for Nautican. “Since the start of my career in welding, I have been able to visit every province in Canada but now I am happy to be back home.
“PEI is my home and I always planned to come back and make a living here. When I was working out west, I didn’t have a career direction, and was getting tired of living out of a suitcase, going from contract to contract. I now feel grounded with a company I can grow with.
“I stayed in touch with key people in the industry on PEI, such as Sandy Doucette, who was my block release instructor. Sandy connected me to this job. He has been a big help in my career and careers of others.
“I find trades people are such a close group on PEI. The best way to find work is through other people.
“Most of my family works in trades, and one of my sisters is going into her second block release in heavy equipment mechanics. Our parents raised us to be positive and outgoing, which has helped us to establish a lot of connections when looking for work.”
“Our interaction with Holland College has been phenomenal,” says Peter Lapp. “The welding program is willing to develop special programs to deliver the training we need. We are also speaking to the college about bringing in students for on-the-job-training.
“We are looking for people fresh out of post-secondary programs who we can train and shape to the needs of the business.”
Within the next three years, they will be looking to fill the following positions:
- Mechanical and electrical assembly
- Quality Control
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. There is a group benefit package and RRSP company matching.