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Bombardier Recreational Products to move Quebec production to Mexico

Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) will transfer all its watercraft production from Valcourt, Que., to Mexico, and outsource distribution of parts and accessories to an unnamed third party.

July 19, 2012   Canadian Plastics

Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) will transfer all its watercraft production from Valcourt, Que., to Mexico, and outsource distribution of parts and accessories to an unnamed third party.

BRP employs approximately 1,500 in Mexico, and plans to increase capacity at its factory in Juarez, directly across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Tex., in addition to finding a new site for a second plant in the region.

The cuts in Quebec, which will begin in August 2013 and be completed in 2015, will result in the transfer or elimination of 500 of 3,000 BRP jobs in the Eastern Townships village, the original seat of the Bombardier empire. BRP is keeping its Ski-Doo production in Canada.

BRP was spun off in 2004 and is no longer affiliated with Bombardier Inc., the plane- and train-maker.

In Juarez, BRP makes Rotax engines for recreational products and assembles side-by-side and all-terrain vehicles. Production of the Rotax engines will be moved to the new factory in Mexico, which also will produce the watercraft.


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