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1967
Kenneth C. Rowe starts Industrial Marine Products Limited.
1969
IMP opens IMP Fishing Gear Limited (U.K.) in Grimsby, U.K.
1970
IMP buys Fairey Canada Limited consisting of two hangars at the Halifax International Airport and creates the Aerospace Division.
1973
Holiday Inn was built and is now known as the Atlantica Hotel Halifax.
1976
IMP buys Hammonds Plains factory from N.S. Government Agency, I.E.L.
1976
IMP buys Down East Aviation and enters the general aviation FBO (fixed base operator) business.
1978
IMP is appointed by Shell as Airport Dealer for Gander, NL, pumping 100 million litres/year of jet fuel.
1978
IMP Fishing Gear Limited (U.S.) opens in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and builds a new retail store and warehouse.
1981
IMP buys John Leckie Inc. and Atlantic Net Rope & Twine Limited to double in size IMP's marine fishing gear business.
1983
First contract with Aeroflot to fuel aircraft in Gander. This opened the door for later expansion into Russia.
1984
IMP's first trip to Russia to explore new business opportunities.
1987
IMP buys Blanchette Frères Limited of Quebec City to expand the aviation FBO network across five airports in Quebec.
1989
IMP buys CAN-med Surgical Supplies Limited in Halifax.
1989
IMP buys Innotech Aviation in Montreal and Toronto.
1989
Joint Venture, Aeroimp, was created by IMP and Aeroflot to build what is to become the Aerostar Hotel in Moscow. This was the second J.V. company to be established between Canada and what was then called the USSR.
1990
IMP opens an office in Cyprus.
1991
IMP buys Execaire Inc. in Montreal, Canada's largest executive jet management and charter company.
1991
Moscow Aerostar Hotel opens as the city's first 5-star western hotel.
1991
IMP buys Amherst Aerospace from the Province of Nova Scotia and establishes IMP Aerospace Components Limited, now known as IMP Aerostructures.
1993
IMP opens IMP Fuels (home heating fuel distribution).
1994
IMP builds new facility for IMP Aerospace Components Limited in Amherst.
1994
IMP buys Forsea Ltd. in Moncton (a fishing equipment supplier).
1995
IMP buys Air Atlantic establishing IMP as a regional scheduled airline.
1996
IMP constructs a new 80,000 sq.ft. hangar facility at Innotech Montreal.
1997
IMP buys Pacific Avionics & Instruments Limited in Vancouver.
1998
IMP opens MediChair in Halifax becoming the city's first mobility equipment healthcare store.
1998
IMP buys Air 500 Limited, a Toronto-based executive aircraft management company.
1999
IMP successfully competes for the U.S. Navy H3 (Sea King) helicopter maintenance support contract - the first time an entire airframe contract granted outside of the U.S.
2000
Pier 21 Foundation, National Historic Site, named one of its grand event spaces, the Kenneth C. Rowe Heritage Hall.
2000
IMP successfully competes for the Canadian Search and Rescue Helicopter In-Service Support contract and has been the contractor of choice ever since, maintaining the Cormorants Canada-wide.
2000
IMP launches CanJet Airlines, Canada's first low-cost airline flying 1.2 million passengers per year with up to 14 Boeing 737 aircraft.
2000
IMP Solutions is created becoming Atlantic Canada's largest I.T. company by 2017.
2001
IMP buys Oak Island Resort, now known as Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre.
2002
IMP constructs a new 60,000 sq.ft. CanJet hangar at the Halifax International Airport.
2002
IMP starts up the Bathurst Call Centre operation.
2003
IMP constructs Hangar 8 at the Halifax International Airport.
2003
IMP is first recognized as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies, maintaining this recognition up to and including 2017.
2004
IMP buys Medtec Marketing of Burnaby, BC (health imaging equipment reseller).
2005
Dalhousie University's School of Business Administration Building named the Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building.
2005
IMP buys Harding Medical in Halifax, Moncton, Sydney, and Charlottetown.
2006
IMP builds largest hangar at the Halifax International Airport - Hangar 9, which is over 90,000 sq.ft. in size.
2007
Moscow Aerostar Hotel is sold.
2007
IMP Aerospace is awarded a $ 600 million contract extension for the Cormorant Search and Rescue helicopter in-service support.
2007
Innotech constructs a new aircraft paint hangar in Montreal.
2007
IMP develops 2 condominium projects, one in Halifax, the other at the Oak Island Resort.
2008
Innotech enters into a long-term business aircraft completions contract with Bombardier.
2008
IMP Aerospace signs a contract with Royal Norwegian Air Force to re-wing P-3 aircraft.
2009
IMP Aerospace Components awarded a long-term contract with Boeing to manufacture Chinook helicopter sub-assemblies.
2009
CanJet enters into a long-term partnership with Transat Tours to provide Boeing 737-800 aircraft for charter.
2009
IMP rebrands its 4-star hotel in Halifax as Atlantica Hotel Halifax.
2009
IMP becomes a member of the Platinum Club of Canada's Best Managed Companies Program and has maintained this recognition every year since.
2010
IMP Solutions expands its business process management practice to Ottawa.
2010
Kenneth C. Rowe inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.
2010
IMP rebrands Oak Island Resort as Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre.
2010
IMP Aerospace awarded a multi-million dollar combined production program to re-life the Canadian Aurora fleet with upgraded systems and wings.
2010
IMP receives the following top employer awards for 2011: Canada's Top 100, Nova Scotia's Top 15, Atlantic Canada's Top 25, and Financial Post's 10 Best Companies to Work For.
2011
IMP Marine Division is sold.
2011
Dalhousie University names its business school, the Rowe School of Business.
2012
IMP Aerospace rebrands to IMP Aerospace & Defence with IMP Electronic Systems and IMP Aerostructures.
2012
IMP buys Cascade Aerospace in Abbotsford, BC, maintaining Canada's fleet of C-130 Hercules aircraft.
2013
IMP acquires Image Air Charter Limited, a Toronto-based executive aircraft charter company.
2014
Cascade Aerospace wins a multi-million dollar contract to upgrade C-130 aircraft for the Mexican Air Force.
2015
CanJet Airlines ceases operations.
2015
IMP acquires Blue Ocean Contact Centers Inc.
2016
IMP Aerospace awarded a multi-million dollar contract to re-wing Chilean Navy P-3 aircraft.
2017
IMP Aerospace tasked with a multi-million dollar avionics update (Block 4) for Canada's fleet of Aurora aircraft.
2017
Atlantica Hotel Halifax is sold.
2017
IMP Group celebrates 50 years of profitable growth.