Bombardier has announced that construction of its new manufacturing facility at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, ON is on track for the planned opening in 2023.
The 770,000 sq. ft. Global Manufacturing Centre will be home to the final assembly of Bombardier’s line of Global business jets and will support 2000 highly skilled jobs, the company says. That workforce will be moved over from Bombardier’s existing site at Downsview.
Bombardier emphasized the energy efficiency profile of the new facility. The company says energy consumption will be reduced by just under 60 per cent by focussing on natural light and more efficient lighting elements, while newer heating methods and updated processing systems will lower greenhouse gas emissions by more than half. Considerably less water will be used in the manufacturing process thanks to modifications in the processing shop workflow. Electric vehicles will be favoured for onsite transportation and three Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) tanks will provide fuel for departing aircraft.
The new facility is the result of a US$400 million private investment by Bombardier.
Bombardier reiterated its continued involvement in the aerospace cluster through engagement in the Downsview Aerospace Innovation & Research (DAIR) consortium and other initiatives. The DAIR consortium, which the company cofounded with Centennial College, drives local collaborative research and development to help small and medium aerospace hub businesses scale up.