Bombardier honors Senator Joe Manchin with NAM award

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has honored Senator Joe Manchin at its aircraft service center in Bridgeport, West Virginia (WVAC), the company said.

The Senator toured the facility, met with employees, and was presented with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) prestigious Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.

The company is planning a major expansion project at WVAC in 2017 that will more than double its capacity to provide heavy maintenance, component repair, and overhaul support for CRJ Series and Q Series aircraft.

The existing 145,000 square-foot (13,470 square-metre) service centre, would double in size to approximately 300,000 square feet (27,870 square metres).

Currently, the service centre has a capacity to operate at 500,000 man-hours a year; post expansion, its capacity could increase to one million man-hours per year to accommodate up to 20 maintenance lines at a time — up from the nine lines operating today.

In addition to the WVAC, Bombardier operates commercial aircraft service centres in Tucson, Arizona and Macon, Georgia. The corporation also operates a US network of business aircraft service centres in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Dallas, Texas; Hartford, Connecticut; Wichita, Kansas; and Tucson, Arizona.

Montréal, Canada-based Bombardier (TSX: BBD) is a manufacturer of both planes and trains. Together with its subsidiaries, it manufactures and sells transportation equipment worldwide. The company operates in four segments: business aircraft, commercial aircraft, aerostructures and engineering services, and transportation. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, the company posted revenues of USD 16.3bn.