L3 (SPAR) –The membership Ratified the closure language on June 26, 2014. The long history of SPAR began with the acquisition of the de Havilland Canada’s Special Products and Applied Research Division in 1967. Once Canada's largest space contractor, it produced the robotic Canadarm before being sold to MDA, a centerpiece of that nation's technological achievement, and was a market leader in space robotics. It maintained the only North American service center for the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport. It also serviced and upgraded the Sea King military helicopters and Boeing 737 commercial airliners. Other customers included the Royal Norwegian Air Force, United States Coast Guard, and Greece's Hellenic Air Force. SPAR performed several avionics upgrades and a Depot Level Inspection and Repair for the Canadian Forces, Air Command CL-41 Tutor aircraft flown by the Snowbirds acrobatic team. The past several years has been a tough one to watch, as L3 Communications who bought out SPAR in 2001 were not able to help sustain its contracts and with little support from the Canadian government SPAR Aerospace as it was so proudly known started spiraling to closure. At the height SPAR employed more than 500 union members however in February of this year 2014, L3 announced closure of its Mississauga branch known as SPAR, all that remained were 4 members, 3 of our members were not eligible to retire and we wish them well as they move forward. A very sad day in Aerospace History as the plant closed its doors on July 31st. We have had great leadership within the SPAR aerospace unit that contributed to our local’s strength.
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June 10, 2014 The story of Spar Aerospace Limited is, in many ways, the story of Canada’s space industry. The company started life as the unloved orphan research arm of an aircraft company, but evolved to become Canada’s aerospace leader, involved in all of the country’s major space successes over a quarter century. That was then, but now it’s with great sadness that a company once known as the ‘Jewel of Canada’ is coming to a end. It was February of 2014 when we were delivered the news that L-3 Communications (formally SPAR) located at 7785 Tranmere Drive in Mississauga, Ontario will be closing its facility. We’ve currently only four 673 members remaining at the facility. Most of the members have an average of over 28-37 years of service. In conclusion, I would like to say that it has been truly a pleasure to have worked for such a iconic company such as SPAR for the past 15 years. I’m quite sure also that most of the retirees that once worked for SPAR hold true to the statement “SPAR AEROSPACE LIMITED – A Heritage of Excellence!” Sincerely, Henny Duquette (673 Unit Chair for L-3/SPAR)