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Day of Search and Rescue: Amphibious Vehicles Joint Demonstration and Trials

Posted on Monday February 11, 2019
Mayor McGarvey and the SHERP team
Mayor McGarvey and the SHERP team

On Friday, February 8, the Town of Parry Sound hosted its first-ever demonstration of search and rescue vehicles and equipment at the Stockey Centre.

The event included 7 participants, amphibious vehicle and boat manufacturers with booths set up in the lobby of the Stockey Centre, as well as live demonstrations on the ice and open waters of Georgian Bay. Demonstrations included the SHERP, the world’s most powerful ATV, hovercrafts and airboats and marine equipment manufactured in Parry Sound, Seguin and Markham, Ontario, Surrey, British Columbia, and Marion, Wisconsin.

Despite blowing snow, cold temperatures and winds gusting up to 80 kmph at times, the event was well attended by representatives of OPP, local fire and rescue and first responders, provincial and regional government organizations, local businesses and the general public.  It provided an opportunity to promote Parry Sound as a manufacturing and business hub and attract small and medium-sized business from out-of-town.

Mayor McGarvey said, “We are very pleased to have hosted this event with such broad representation of the search and rescue vehicle manufacturers.  We remain firmly committed to the Open for Business concept and such a gathering of industry leaders, experts and potential customers helps solidify the Town’s position as an excellent place to conduct business”.

Yuri Pyatkov, CEO, SHERP North America added, “This is our fourth visit to Parry Sound and the Area since September, and we have been very pleased with the support received from the Town, the Chamber of Commerce, and various provincial and local government agencies.  We believe that Northern Ontario is the right place for our company to locate its Canadian production, and we are seriously considering setting up a manufacturing plant with at least 20 full time jobs near Parry Sound later this year”.

The event was also well covered by local media and featured on CTV Barrie News.

Photo credit: iSparks Solutions

For More Information Contact:

Vladimir Shehovtsov
Economic Development Officer
Town of Parry Sound
705-746-2101 Ext. 231
Email Vladimir