Aerolia selects Mirabel airport as site to build its fuselage plant

MONTREAL – Aerolia has selected the industrial park at Mirabel airport as the site for a fuselage aerostructures plant that will do work for some of Bombardier’s business jets.

The European aerospace manufacturer will lease a 7,300 square metre building to be built by Aeroports de Montreal.

The building will house Aerolia’s Canadian subsidiary and fuselage assembly facilities for Bombardier’s Global 7000 and 8000 jets.

The jets are slated to enter into service after 2016.

“We are very excited about the prospect of coming to Montreal-Mirabel because this site will provide us with an excellent environment for the success of the Aerolia group in Canada and its development in North America,” Aerolia Canada CEO Marie-Agnes Veve said in a statement.

The $9.5 million investment by Aeroports de Montreal will facilitate the creation of about 150 jobs and strengthen Mirabel as an aerospace hub.

Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney, L-3 MAS and Mecachrome operate from the airport north of Montreal.

ADM vice-president Charles Gratton said the relationship with Aerolia could facilitate other projects in Mirabel or Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal.

About 100 engineers are already working on Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) component, which initially will be manufactured in France and shipped to Toronto for final assembly.

Aerolia is a supplier to Airbus and a subsidiary of Airbus owner EADS. It has 3,200 employees, including 2,500 working at three sites in France. Sales in 2012 were $1.4 billion.