March 5 signaled a new and prosperous beginning for Trenton and its neighbouring communities, with the promise of hundreds of new jobs in the area and sustainable world-leading growth for our province.
Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) will establish its first North American manufacturing facility for wind turbine towers and blades right here in Nova Scotia. This joint venture will not only create clean, green jobs for Nova Scotians, it will grow our provincial economy and help bring the plant back to life. That means a brighter future for the people of Trenton and the surrounding areas.
This agreement has been a long time coming and there are many people to thank for helping finalize the deal. The three elected members for Pictou County – Ross Landry of Pictou Centre, Clarrie MacKinnon of Pictou East and Charlie Parker of Pictou West – know just how important a deal this is to the people in their constituencies, and to all Nova Scotians.
These are members who were there when the TrentonWorks plant shut down and Nova Scotians lost their jobs. They were there, listening to their constituents and fighting to get them work. And they were there, every day, promoting Pictou County as an area with a solid future as a national and international base for growing business.
These MLAs showed genuine leadership and are making life better for families by helping create the jobs that Pictou County and this province need.
I want to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues and everyone involved in helping bring DSME to Nova Scotia, including the departments of Energy, Economic and Rural Development, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Nova Scotia Power and ACOA. With your help, we have brought new purpose to this unique facility.
The joint venture between the province and the company will create 120 jobs in the first year of operation, with long-term plans to employ almost 500 people. It will provide opportunities for suppliers and businesses in the community and will generate tax revenues of about $3 million a year once the plant is fully operational.
In return, DSME will have access to a talented, committed and loyal workforce, a strategic geographic location to do business around the world, and most importantly, a chance to do business with all levels of government, who are committed to making sure DSME succeeds in Nova Scotia.
I believe that the joint venture is a strategic fit for the community of Trenton, and Nova Scotia is a natural fit for new development in the renewable energy market.
The benefits of this expansion go far beyond jobs for hard-working Nova Scotians – it’s about showcasing and developing Nova Scotia’s leadership in renewable energy and the green economy.
And the message got out loud and clear – media from all over the world covered Friday’s announcement, broadcasting the fact that Nova Scotia will continue to capitalize and invest in opportunities that are going to better position our province to compete in the emerging global green economy.
As a province, we are already taking big steps toward a future where our lives are powered by renewable energy. It’s a future that holds big promise for the people of Trenton, of Pictou County, and all of Nova Scotia.
My job in all of this is to ensure government works hard to maximize the economic and social benefits associated with this opportunity. With our partner’s shared values of trust and passion at the core of this joint venture, I have no doubt we will succeed.
Darrell Dexter is the premier of Nova Scotia