Bombardier Transportation’s production site in La Pocatiere, Quebec today celebrated an impressive achievement – production of the 1000th train carbody for a contract with New York City’s two commuter railroads. Bombardier Chairman and CEO Laurent Beaudoin joined other Bombardier executives, employees and invited guests at the site to mark the milestone in one of the Corporation’s most important rail contracts ever.
Bombardier is producing 1,172 M-7 commuter railcars for the MTA/Long Island Rail Road and the MTA/Metro-North Railroad in New York. The La Pocatiere site builds stainless-steel carbodies for the trains before shipping them for final assembly to a second Bombardier production site in Plattsburgh, New York.
This contract for over 1,000 vehicles is amongst the largest contracts ever awarded in the North American market, which is much smaller than its European counterpart. This is the second time La Pocatiere has hit the 1,000-car threshold, the first coming in 2003 with a 1,030-subway car contract for New York City Transit.
“Producing one thousand carbodies is by itself a milestone indicative of success, and you should all be proud of the work you are doing here. It is a formidable example of Bombardier values which are leadership, excellence and teamwork,” said Mr. Beaudoin during remarks to employees. “This site was the backbone of our rail operation when we launched it some 30 years ago, and is at the heart of our North American organization today.”
Beaudoin underscored La Pocatiere’s long-time role as a supplier of products for the export market. He said the site was particularly important to Bombardier’s growth in the U.S., which is the biggest market in North America. Of the 5,000 railcars already produced at La Pocatiere since its first contract in 1974, 88% were destined for markets outside of Canada.
The La Pocatiere legacy encompasses some 30 major rail contracts since 1974, including Bombardier’s first contract with the Montreal Metro for 423 metro cars and a 1982 contract for 825 subway cars in New York.
Mr. Beaudoin said Bombardier’s rail business and the La Pocatiere site have made a significant, long-term economic contribution to the region surrounding the plant and the Province of Quebec. “This site represents 30 years of success, 30 years of expertise and significant benefit to the Quebec economy, an impressive record of achievement that we hope to continue. We would be proud to work with Quebec again on their next generation of subway cars and on commuter railcars as well,” he added.
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