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Bombardier updates progress of Global Centre construction in Mississauga


November 2, 2021
Wings Staff

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Bombardier provided new details on the construction of its Global Manufacturing Centre facility at the Toronto Pearson International Airport, which aims to optimize final assembly operations for its family of Global business jets. The company’s update event was attended by Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of the City of Mississauga, Deborah Flint, President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, and Jerry Dias, National President at Unifor.

On track for completion in 2023, the facility will provide a new home to the Global Manufacturing Centre currently located in nearby Downsview, ON. The move, which represents a private investment by Bombardier of approximately US$400 million, will provide continued employment to the 2,000 employees currently working at Bombardier’s Downsview facility.

“We came here today to show you firsthand that construction of our new Global Manufacturing Centre of Excellence is advancing as planned,” said Eric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier. “We are extremely proud of the people who have been producing our best-in-class business jets for decades here in Ontario, and with the rising demand for large-cabin, long-range aircraft, we are looking forward to providing our teams with a new, state-of-the-art work environment.”

Bombardier explains the Downsview plant was built in the 1960s and the transition to the new 770,000-square-foot facility at Pearson Airport will significantly reduce its industrial and environmental footprint in the area. Energy consumption will be reduced by just under 60 per cent, explains the company, by focussing on natural and more efficient lighting elements, and newer heating methods and updated processing systems will lower greenhouse gas emissions by more than half.

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Bombardier states considerably less water will be used in the manufacturing process based on modifications implemented in the processing shop workflow. In parallel, electric vehicles will be favoured for onsite transportation and three Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) tanks will provide fuel for departing aircraft.