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(Posted 12:30 p.m., Nov. 22)
Canadian drone manufacturer opens new office in Orléans
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems has opened a new office on Youville Drive with the help of a $349,000 grant from the federal government.

ING Robotic Aviation got it's start by developing unmanned flight systems for the military sector. More recently they have taken aim at the natural resource sector, developing small drones with airborne sensing systems used for data acquisition in the oil and gas and mining industries, by utility companies, and for precision agriculture, forestry, and public safety applications.

The federal grant, which was recently announced by Industry Minister James Moore and Ottawa-Orléans MP Royal Galipeau, will be used to help develop, market and promote the new systems in the commercial and industrial sector.

Data acquisition through unmanned aviation systems is a vast untapped market potentially worth more than a billion dollars. Companies like ING Robotics Aviation which already have a foothold in the military sector are racing to expand into other areas both in North America and around the world.

"We are excited to officially open our new facility in Ottawa. This gives a focal point for our production and operations as well as a home for the back room functions," says ING's CEO Ian Glenn. "What it represents is the further development of a home-grown high-tech company that is already developing technology, creating jobs and exporting products. This is another step in our move into the commercial market."

Not surprisingly, Galipeau couldn't be happier that ING chose to establish a new office in Orléans.

"I'm delighted to see that a company in this advanced technology sector chose Orléans to establish its headquarters," says Galipeau. "Thanks to this move, more and more people will be talking about the Ottawa-Orléans area as it continues to carve its place in the R&D sector."

The new office is located at 1455 Youville Dr. It will combine sales, marketing and operations production as well as research and development.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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