Urges Ottawa to continue production of the F-35 Lightning II to create jobs, keep people working and bolster global security.

Vancouver, BC – January 10, 2014 – With Friday’s release of Canada’s major economic indicators showing steady progress in job creation and economic recovery, NGRAIN, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, urged the Canadian Government to continue investment in the production of the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet.

“The F-35 program is creating and sustaining thousands of high-quality jobs nation-wide while providing Canadian companies like NGRAIN with the experience, expertise, and resources to access new opportunities that otherwise would not be available,” said Gabe Batstone, CEO. “The continued production of the F-35 is critical for our company, our community, and our national defence.”

More than 70 Canadian suppliers like NGRAIN have won F-35 Lightning II contracts worth more than $500 million. If the Government of Canada continues to order the F-35 Lightning II, Lockheed Martin (maker of the F-35) and industry partners will leverage more than $600 million in contracts and commitments already underway with total production opportunities of more than $11 billion. Canadian suppliers are vital to the continued production of the F-35 Lightning II, not only for the aircraft that Canada will buy, but the global fleet of well over 3,000 aircraft.

“Right now I think the economy is headed in the right direction, so we should focus on the things that are fueling this recovery and putting people to work, like the F-35 Lightning II. That way we bolster global security and strengthen local economies,” said Batstone.

NGRAIN is a member of the Canadian Joint Strike Fighter Industry Group (CJIG), an organization of Canadian aerospace industry partners promoting the unprecedented opportunities that the F-35 Lightning II presents for the economy and national defence.

To learn more about the F-35 Lightning II, take a look at the facts, figures, and statistics provided by these websites.

• The official Joint Strike Fighter Program website: http://www.jsf.mil/

• Lockheed Martin’s F-35 website for Canada: www.f35.com/ca

• Lockheed Martin’s main F-35 page: www.lockheedmartin.com/f35