At 10am, Tuesday, June 25th, L3 WESCAM broke ground on their new state-of-the-art headquarters in Hamilton, Ontario. In partnership with the City of Hamilton, the facility is one of the largest corporate head office investments in the city in a generation. Boasting 330,000 square feet, it will house 1,200 highly-skilled workers.
“We are pleased to announce that L3 will continue to be a part of this region’s economic renaissance and has selected a location that embodies our mission to be the very best of the best in our industry,” said Jacques Comtois, Vice President and General Manager of L3 WESCAM. “Hamilton has a rich business legacy of transforming ideas into high-technology products and offers a skilled talent base with a deep knowledge of advanced manufacturing and applied research. We are thrilled to establish our new operations in Hamilton and continue moving forward with our growth plans.”
“This is one of the largest corporate head office investments in Hamilton in over a generation,” said City of Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “The scale of high-paying jobs, the impressive talent working within the company and the global presence of L3 certainly raise Hamilton’s tech profile significantly on a national and international scale. The company’s sheer presence and global reputation are proof that Hamilton is a home for innovation and can accommodate tech investments of the highest calibre.”
Hamilton Economic Development lists a number of reasons for businesses to locate in the city. One is that Hamilton is one of Canada’s strongest, most diversified economies according to the Conference Board of Canada.
WESCAM’s story and successes started in Hamilton over 40 years ago. On Longwood Road where a team within Westinghouse formed concepts of a stabilized camera. John “Nox” Leavitt, a senior engineer with the company, led his team in inventing a stabilized camera mount named “Wesscam” – Westinghouse Steered Stabilized Camera Mount. To learn more about WESCAM’s history, click here.
Now, WESCAM joins other innovation leaders, like Stryker Canada, in locating in Ward 15 in Hamilton. The benefits of this location for business – from the proximity to two major airports, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto, rail and the trucking corridor are evident.
From an employee standpoint, the new location, in Flamborough at the intersection of Highways 5 and 6 is within a 30-minute commute for 70% of WESCAM’s employees. Today WESCAM employs over 1,100 with predominantly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) backgrounds. That is a 60% increase in head count in over the last three years. Right now, WESCAM operates out of two facilities just down the road in Burlington.
Many future hires will come from internationally renowned educational institutions, like Mohawk College and McMaster University. Prior to graduation, eligible university and college students in STEM, are given several opportunities to explore WESCAM culture. From the annual HackWESCAM hackathon to the Canadian Industrial Leadership Award, both intended to open doors to future careers.
Structurally, the new facility will encourage collaborative teamwork and cross-functional efficiencies by providing flexible work spaces, including project spaces and quiet rooms.
With project teams and collaboration taking centre stage, WESCAM is very excited to have the opportunity to get started on the next chapter in this purpose-built campus, where innovation goes to work.
We look forward to sharing more information over the coming months as we begin construction on the new facility. In the meantime, please visit wescammove.ca. Learn more about our amazing culture and stay-in-touch to learn about our most recent employment opportunities.