July 9, 2012
Bombardier recently celebrated its 20th anniversary of manufacturing in Ontario with a special event held at the company's aerospace facility in Toronto.
Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin was joined by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and the company's 6,200 Ontario employees gathered in Toronto as well as at the company's manufacturing facilities in Thunder Bay, North Bay, and Kingston, Ont.
"In 1992, during a global economic downturn, Bombardier acquired the de Havilland Canada aerospace plant and the Urban Transportation Development Corporation (UTDC) in Thunder Bay and Kingston," said Beaudoin. "Bombardier invested in the facilities and employees in Ontario, believing that they had what it takes to help us become a world-class maker of planes and trains. Today I am proud that our 6,200 employees in Ontario contribute more than $2.7 billion to the Ontario economy and generate more than $650 million of business for nearly 300 Ontario-based suppliers."
The company has five facilities in Ontario that manufacture, assemble, service, and conduct R&D on planes and trains, including the Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft; the Global 5000, Global 6000, and soon to be the Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets; the Bombardier 415 amphibious aircraft; the wing for the Learjet 45 XR; and key components of the CSeries commercial aircraft. Bombardier Transportation designs, manufactures, maintains, and operates the BiLevel GO trains, the new TTC Rocket subway cars, the new Toronto streetcars and Metrolinx light rail vehicles, the O-train in Ottawa, and the INNOVIA monorail system and metro.
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