Aerospace Company Develops Innovative Design in PEI

News release

Tronosjet Maintenance, Inc. is building on its research and development success with a new project

June 24, 2019 – Charlottetown, PE – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Supporting leading companies in the globally competitive aerospace and advanced manufacturing sectors helps to create highly skilled employment opportunities in communities across the country. Prince Edward Island–based Tronosjet Maintenance, Inc. (Tronos) is one such company that is not only creating good jobs in Charlottetown, but is also proving Atlantic Canada can be a leader in innovation.

Tronos’ latest innovative venture involves extensive research and development to reengineer an existing aerospace component. Using advanced design and manufacturing techniques, the redeveloped component is expected to be fully commercialized by the end of the project, resulting in the creation of up to 18 new jobs at the company. The Government of Canada is supporting this project with investments of more than three million dollars.

Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)and the National Research Council Canada, today joined officials from Tronos to announce federal support for the company.

The Government of Canada is making smart investments that will create good, middle-class jobs in our country. It is helping Atlantic Canadians develop and bring to market new products and services that lead to market success, help grow strategic sectors, or lead to the creation of research and commercialization partnerships. Support for this project is one way the Government of Canada is working to achieve its Atlantic Growth Strategy outcome of long-term economic prosperity in the region.


“Companies and research institutions in all corners of this country are helping to build a nation of innovators. The solutions businesses are bringing to the marketplace will benefit Canadians and our economy for many years to come. To support this great work, and build on Canada’s competitive advantages, the Government of Canada is focusing investments through its Innovation and Skills Plan.”

  • The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

The Government of Canada wants to ensure that all businesses, from small start-ups to multi-national success stories, are able to operate here and compete in global markets. Thanks to companies like Tronos, Atlantic Canada – a region that is innovative, collaborative, and full of potential – is being recognized as an ideal home base for growth.

  • Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown

“Tronos is excited to be moving forward with the research and development of aerospace component manufacturing using the latest technology in our manufacturing facility. The introduction of this equipment places us among the most technologically advanced manufacturing facilities in eastern Canada. We are grateful to the federal government for its vital financial support, through ACOA and NRC, as our project progresses during the next two years.

  • Mark Coffin, CEO, Tronosjet Maintenance, Inc.

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is providing a repayable contribution of $2,446,813 through ACOA’s Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) as well as $873,722 through National Research Council Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to Tronos to carry out this project. 

  • Tronos was established in 2004 in Slemon Park, Prince Edward Island, with a focus on leasing, modifying, and maintaining BAE 146 and Avro RJ aircraft. Soon after establishing operations, the company embarked on a major research and development project to convert BAE 146 aircraft into the world’s first jet-powered, 3,000 gallon air tanker.

  • In 2016, Tronos established a manufacturing division in a satellite facility in Charlottetown, PEI, expanding operations to focus on additive manufacturing.


Jana Parker Smith
Communications Manager
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Mark Coffin
Tronosjet Maintenance, Inc.

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