Rail equipment supplier Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has completed discussions with Union representatives and now expects to close its production facility in Auburn, New York by the end of May 2006. The company has been in talks with Union leadership since January 30, 2006, when it first informed employees that a permanent shutdown of the site was being considered.
Lack of sufficient workload necessary to sustain the site is the primary reason for the shutdown. The site builds a range of components for Bombardier rail and aerospace products and employs approximately 160 people.
Discussions with the Union addressed incentive packages, employee benefits, shut down process and timing, and a range of other issues.
“Closing down a site is never easy, however, the level of work we have on hand right now dictates that adjustments be made to our production facility,” said William Spurr, President, Bombardier Transportation, North America. “We know this is a difficult situation for our employees but what we have put on the table treats them with fairness and consideration.”
Spurr added that despite this action, Bombardier Transportation is committed to maintaining a strong presence in the United States and the State of New York, as evidenced by its Plattsburgh facility.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2005 were $15.8 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto stock exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
Hélène V. Gagnon (North America)
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