First Gulf and L3 WESCAM break ground on 330,000 sf facility in Hamilton

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First Gulf and L3 WESCAM recently broke ground on a new 330,000 sf research and development, engineering, assembly and office space at Hwy 5 and Hwy 6 in Hamilton.


The new building, located on approximately 18 acres of land, will bring the company’s two Burlington facilities under one roof.


L3 WESCAM vice-president and general manager Jacques Comtois said: “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. 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.”



With 1,200 employees to be based at this facility, L3 WESCAM is a true Canadian success story. L3 WESCAM is a world leader in aerospace, homeland security and defence technologies, products and solutions. Their technologies can be found on more than 200 different platforms across the air, land and maritime domains. One of the key features of this location was the location of the building on the side of the Niagara Escarpment, affording long, unobstructed views from the top of the building in order to test equipment.


Their continued growth required a new facility that will see the company return to its Hamilton roots in Q1 2021.


“This is one of the largest corporate head office investments in Hamilton in over a generation. 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.”

Mayor Fred Eisenberger
City of Hamilton



About First Gulf

First Gulf is an award-winning leader in the development of industrial, office, mixed-use and retail properties with developed assets of over $4 billion completed since the company’s inception in 1987. First Gulf is a fully integrated development company and is involved in all aspects of real estate development, from land acquisition and planning approvals to design-build, construction, leasing, financing and property management. To date, First Gulf has developed and constructed over 30 million sf of office, retail, and industrial real estate.


About L3 Wescam

L3 WESCAM is a world leader in the design and manufacture of stabilized, multi-spectral imaging systems. With headquarters in New York City and approximately 31,000 employees worldwide, L3 develops advanced defense technologies and commercial solutions in pilot training, aviation security, night vision and EO/IR, weapons, maritime systems and space. The company reported 2018 sales of $10.2 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at