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Drone company partnering with manufacturing firm

Drone Delivery Canada names Vision Profile Extrusions Ltd. as its first paying client
Drone Delivery Canada has named Vision Profile Extrusions Ltd. as its first commercial client. (DDC photo)

Days after the official opening of its operations centre, Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has announced its first commercial client is Vision Profile Extrusions Ltd., a Vaughan-based manufacturing company.

DDC will set up takeoff and landing zones at Vision’s sites and use its Sparrow drone, which is capable of carrying up to 10 pounds, to deliver products between sites while travelling along predetermined flight paths. DDC will monitor the flights from its operations centre.

“We are pleased to be working with Vision Profile Extrusions Limited and our sales agent Air Canada Cargo to roll out our first paid commercial project using our proven Sparrow drone, patented FLYTE system, and newly built commercial operations centre,” said Michael Zahra, president and CEO of DDC, in a Sept. 10 news release.

“Our focus is to commercialize our industry-leading solution.  We are pleased to see the first green shoots of our plans realized and drive revenue for our shareholders. We have a robust funnel of opportunities and we expect this will be the first of many to come globally. I would like to thank our employees and partners whose dedication has allowed us to achieve this first, albeit important milestone.”

The company expects its drone delivery services to start in the fourth quarter of 2019.

It officially opened its operations centre on Sept. 5.

In late 2018, it signed a $2.5-million contract to deliver goods via drone to Moose Cree First Nation communities.

This past June, DDC and Air Canada inked an exclusive 10-year deal to partner on marketing DDC’s drone delivery services.

Among the sectors the company is targeting for its services are mining, agriculture, forestry and construction.