Bombardier to layoff 1,800 as part of restructuring globally

Bombardier Learjet (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – Bombardier will layoff 1,800 as part of restructuring plan announced Wednesday.

The 1,800 layoffs will be in administrative and not production.

Company spokeswoman Isabelle Rondeau said Thursday it is too early to say what the impact will be on the company’s Learjet plant in Wichita or any other of its facilities.

The new structure includes four business segments: Bombardier Transportation, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, and Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services.

“This marks another step in Bombardier’s evolution,” said Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. “Combined with the implementation of OneBT, the recent Bombardier Transportation reorganization, the new Aerospace organizational structure will enable us to be more agile and flexible in addressing customer needs, while increasing our focus on growth areas. The creation of the Aerostructures and Engineering Services business segment will also help us market our expertise in this field to the aerospace industry, thus generating new revenues. We are setting the stage to take full advantage of our investments and the tremendous growth potential of our new products.”

The Montreal-based company plans to implement the restructuring the remainder of this year so that it will be in place by Jan. 1.

In January, Bombardier announced a workforce reduction of about 1,700 employees and contractors at its facilities in the United States and Canada. That number included 550 people in Wichita.

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