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Manitoba loans consortium $2.5M to grow aircraft engine test facility

Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research tests cold weather operation of engines



THOMPSON, Man.—The Manitoba government will help bankroll the expansion of an aircraft engine testing facility near Thompson in the province’s north.

Premier Greg Selinger says the province will loan $2.5-million to the Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research (Glacier).

The Glacier centre tests engines to see how they operate in cold weather.

Glacier is a consortium that includes Rolls Royce Canada Ltd. and Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.

Selinger says the facility is a major employer in the area.

The loan is on top of $9.5-million the province committed in 2009 to help establish the $40-million facility.

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