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That is the most ridiculous decision to put it at YYZ. It is the most ridiculous to allow it at YYZ. 

Obviously political, keeping jobs in region, to allow the divestment, sale, and redevelop of Downsview.

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Bombardier Announces Long-term Agreement with GTAA to Relocate its Global Aircraft Final Assembly

Bombardier Inc.,  Aviation,  Press Release

December 4, 2019, Toronto

cq5dam.web.750.750.jpeg Bombardier Global Manufacturing Centre at Toronto International Pearson
  • Ultra-modern and high-tech manufacturing facility will be located at Toronto Pearson International Airport
  • Slated for completion in 2023, the one-million square-foot facility will be home to the most advanced aircraft manufacturing processes in the world
  • Strengthened commitment to Ontario’s aerospace industry, securing job growth and supporting economic development in the region for years to come

Bombardier is pleased to announce that it has signed a long-term lease agreement with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to build its new state-of-the art Global Manufacturing Centre located at Toronto Pearson International Airport. With preliminary site work underway in Mississauga and first production activities set to begin in 2023, the cutting-edge facility will optimize final assembly operations for all Global business jets, including the industry flagship Global 7500 business jet.

The Global Manufacturing Centre at Toronto Pearson International Airport, approximately 20 km from the current Global aircraft final assembly site at Downsview, will reinforce Canada’s leading position in the business aviation market.

“Today, I’m very excited to announce the relocation of our Global aircraft family production activities to a new, cutting-edge manufacturing facility at Toronto Pearson. This is a strategic move for Bombardier and a strong commitment to Ontario’s aerospace industry. It will allow us to offer world-class career opportunities and continue fueling the economic development of the region for years to come,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc.

The one-million square-foot facility will combine thousands of highly-skilled employees with 21st century production and tooling innovation. Bombardier employs the highest caliber technology throughout the manufacturing process of the Global 7500 business jets, including a state-of-the-art automated positioning system that uses laser-guided measuring to ensure major aircraft structures, such as the wing and fuselage, are joined consistently and perfectly each time. Combining human ingenuity with the most advanced machines, the Global 7500 final assembly line in Toronto is a testament to the industry’s most advanced business jet. 

This strengthened commitment to the Greater Toronto Area will also leverage significant recent R&D investments and a continued collaboration with Ontario’s colleges and universities for world class training, research and development.

Bombardier also confirmed it will continue to support the aerospace heritage of the Downsview site with a multi-million-dollar contribution to the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research Consortium (DAIR) to develop a visionary aerospace hub for academic research and training activities. The contribution includes $2.5 million CAD in capital funding to refurbish the historic Moth Building, where wartime Mosquito fighter bombers and Tiger Moth trainers were produced.

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Aerospace is one of the most innovative and global industries in Canada. This new facility will showcase Canada’s aerospace industry, support our highly skilled workforce and will be a hub for the world-class aircraft produced in the Greater Toronto Area. It will also demonstrate Bombardier’s leadership in business jets for years to come,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.
Our government is delighted that Bombardier has chosen Ontario to build its world-renowned and technologically advanced Global series of business jets,” said Vic Fedeli, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “Ontario’s open for business and open for jobs plan is making it faster, easier and more cost effective to do business in the province so that job creators can invest, innovate and grow.”
We are thrilled to welcome Bombardier to Mississauga. Bombardier could have chosen many other places in the world to locate their new Global Manufacturing Centre, but they have chosen Mississauga and for that, we are thankful. We look forward to working with Bombardier as they grow their business in Mississauga. Our City welcomes this investment as it will bring new, high quality jobs, boost economic growth, and help raise Mississauga’s profile as a global aerospace hub, home to Canada’s largest aerospace cluster, where innovation thrives,” said Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie.
We are pleased that Bombardier has chosen to continue to invest in Southern Ontario by locating its new Manufacturing Centre for the Global business jets at Toronto Pearson,” said Howard Eng, President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “Toronto Pearson and the many aviation assets in the region continue to serve as an economic magnet, expanding the valuable aerospace sector in our region and the Province.”
Unifor welcomes this announcement and the preservation of good-quality aerospace jobs,” said
Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Relocating the operation within 20 kilometres of the current Downsview facility, means Unifor members will continue to assemble world class business jets for Bombardier. This is a testament to their hard work and expertise.”

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50 minutes ago, j.k. said:

That is the most ridiculous decision to put it at YYZ. It is the most ridiculous to allow it at YYZ. 

Obviously political, keeping jobs in region, to allow the divestment, sale, and redevelop of Downsview.

I'll be sad to see the Downsview plant disappear but it's in the middle of a city with a horrible housing crisis and a shortage of land and it's situated on the subway line. 

Add to that that moving the plant anywhere else other than YYZ would displace a few thousand local workers. 

All in All this seems like win win for everybody doesn't it?

 

 

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At a time when the industry is struggling to find (and hold on to) skilled talent, what else were they going to do? 

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the downsview plant is already losing everything else which leaves it  about 1/4 populated.  While it has a great history, it is sitting on some of the best land in the city for development.

Moving to YYZ is not a bad idea however YYZ is not the best place to operate test flights.

Now Bring the Completion Center to YYZ as well and we have a good thing.

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Bombardier long-term lease deal welcome news for aerospace workers


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Unifor 

Dec 04, 2019, 17:36 ET

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TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2019 /CNW/ - Unifor welcomes Bombardier's announcement of a long-term lease agreement with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to build the new Global Manufacturing Centre located at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

"The announcement of this new manufacturing facility is an important step in advancing the long term job security of our members at the Bombardier Downsview facility," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "These are hardworking, highly skilled, and well trained workers who can look forward to a more secure future at the new location."

The Downsview facility currently employs 2,100 Unifor members represented by locals 112 and 673 in the production, office, and technical divisions as well as numerous other direct and indirect jobs. In 2018, Bombardier announced its intention to sell the facility creating anxiety and uncertainty for workers.

"We wanted reassurance that Bombardier would continue to assemble the Global family of aircraft in the Toronto area, and todays announcement provides it," said Scott McIlmoyle, President of Unifor Local 112. "Our members have been through a lot recently. I couldn't be happier for them."

"I am proud of the determination and resolve our members showed throughout the past year of uncertainty," said Maryellen McIlmoyle, President of Unifor Local 673. "This agreement brings tremendous relief to Bombardier workers and their families."

The long-term lease agreement with the GTAA runs until 2058 and the new facility's planned completion date is in 2023.

In addition to selling the Downsview property in 2018, Bombardier also sold its Q400 aircraft program to De Havilland Aircraft Company. The Q400 is currently assembled at Downsview.

De Havilland workers are also members of Unifor Local 112 and 673. Both locals and Unifor National will continue to work with De Havilland and all levels of government in an effort to secure the Q400 program beyond 2022.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

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For further information: Please contact Unifor Communications Representative David Molenhuis at David.Molenhuis@unifor.org or 416-575-7453 (cell)

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Logistically this works better for Bombardier since the wings and centre section from MHI are Pre-Assembled in Mississauga currently and disassembled and shipped by truck to Downsview.  This is now just a short distance from MHIs facility to Pearson.

 

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“Where on the airport is this going”

West of the FedEx facility

 

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to correct stupidity

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Kind of ridiculous to tie up valuable YYZ resources (both physical and airspace/time) with a business that does not rely on passengers or air cargo.  The proper place to put a manufacturing facility of this size is YHM, YPQ or YKF.  All 3 of these airports are underused and have tons of open space.

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