09/12/2013 01:21 EDT | Updated 11/12/2013 05:12 EST

Manitoba loans consortium $2.5 million to expand aircraft engine test facility

THOMPSON, Man. - The Manitoba government will help bankroll the expansion of an aircraft engine testing facility near Thompson.

Premier Greg Selinger says the province will loan $2.5-million to the Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research.

The Glacier centre tests engines to see how they operate in cold weather.

Glacier is a consortium that includes Rolls Royce Canada Ltd. and Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.

Selinger says the facility is a major employer in the area.

The loan is on top of $9.5 million the province commited in 2009 to help establish the $40-million facility. (CHTM)