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Bombardier inaugurates world-class facility in Querétaro, Mexico

Feb. 28, 2008, Montréal - Today, Bombardier Aerospace announced the official opening of its new facility located at the Querétaro Aerospace Park in Mexico.


February 28, 2008
By Carey Fredericks

Feb. 28, 2008, Montréal – Today, Bombardier Aerospace announced the official opening of its world-class manufacturing facility located at the Querétaro
Aerospace Park in Mexico. This new facility complements Bombardier’s
existing manufacturing sites located in Canada, Northern Ireland and
the United States. Manufacturing operations in this facility began in the second half of 2007.

Currently,
Bombardier Aerospace has approximately 900 full-time employees working
at its facilities in Mexico where they manufacture electrical harnesses
and structural aircraft components. These components include the Challenger 850 mid-fuselage, the Q400 aircraft flight control work package (rudder, elevator and horizontal stabilizer), and the Global family of aircraft aft fuselage. By the end of 2008, Bombardier Aerospace expects to employ 1,200 full-time staff.

“Bombardier
Aerospace and Mexico have a solid relationship based on a long-term
commitment to develop the aerospace industry within Mexico and we are
particularly proud to be the first manufacturer at Querétaro’s new aerospace park,” said Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace. “In
parallel to the establishment of this world-class facility, we also
plan to develop a local supplier base to further support our Mexican
operations and other facilities, and we look forward to other companies
joining us in Quetéraro. In
this highly competitive industry, which is becoming increasingly global
in its scope, we view Mexico as the springboard to the further
development of the aerospace industry in Central and South America, and
to our increased competitiveness in the international marketplace.”

“We
are extremely pleased with the work being accomplished by our Mexican
employees. Their sense of professionalism and dedication, as well as
their willingness to take on, and overcome, tough challenges, has
contributed to the success of this venture. Their efforts are setting
the standard that will ultimately allow Mexico to become a vital
participant in the international aerospace industry. All participants
have the right to be proud of their achievements,” Mr. Beaudoin
continued.

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“We applaud the strong commitment shown by both the Federal and State of Querétaro
governments to participate and support the three pillars upon which our
industry stands: infrastructure, certification and training.
I have every confidence that, together, we will build a strong and
vital future for the Mexican aerospace industry and for Bombardier.”

Bombardier
also acknowledges the VESTA-GE alliance that combines the two
companies’ experience in the construction and the administration of
industrial-type properties, as well as the financing of real estate.
VESTA-GE will jointly undertake the investment, the development and the
management of the Querétaro Aerospace Park.

Querétaro,
located north of Mexico City, offers quality industrial and educational
infrastructures, a skilled population and dynamic economic development
policies. Its modern airport will provide Bombardier Aerospace, its
suppliers and other future members of the new Mexican aerospace
cluster, the best potential for growth and synergies.

In
addition to Bombardier Aerospace having aircraft component facilities
located in Mexico, Bombardier Transportation is also present through
its facility in Ciudad Sahagún.