Vortex Aerospace celebrates 10 years assembling water bombers
North Bay, Ont. - Vortex Aerospace Services began as a pitch by Jody Joyal to convince Bombardier Aerospace’s amphibious group to keep its water bomber production facilities in North Bay.
April 7, 2015 By Northern Ontario Business
When the order book for the CL-415 Superscooper began drying up in the early 2000s, the Montreal-based aviation giant mothballed the final assembly plant at Jack Garland Airport.
Joyal, a former employee and now president at Vortex, was teaching at Canadore College’s aviation campus when a Bombardier vice-president contacted him in 2005 about restarting the line, but possibly moving it back to Quebec.
Joyal immediately sprang into action by putting together a proposal that launched Vortex as a third-party service provider in May 2005. | READ MORE