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Montreal's aerospace industry adds new landing gear plant

The inauguration was attended by Quebec Premier Pauline Marois

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Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran group) unveiled the company’s new landing gear production facility at its plant in Mirabel, near Montreal, on April 22, 2013. The ceremony marked the culmination of more than one year in construction, with total investments costing $58-million, according to a company statement.

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Alain Sauret (right), the company’s chairman and CEO, is pictured on screen. “Our new facility will enable us to strengthen our quality objectives and drastically reduce production lead times,” he said.

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Quebec Premier Pauline Marois speaks to employees of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty at the inauguration of the facility.

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"Our aerospace industry comprises world-class companies such as Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, who can count on our skilled labour, a network of recognized universities and research centres, and the support of key organizations to coordinate the work of all stakeholders in this sector,” Ms. Marois said in her speech.

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Ms. Marois, right, greets company employees. “I would like to thank Safran for choosing Quebec to develop its business,” she said.

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Messier-Bugatti-Dowty has received support from the province and from Investissement Québec, which gave the company a non-refundable grant of $7.4-million.

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Messier-Bugatti-Dowty also received support from the federal government through an interest-free $3-million loan. “The presence of key players in the greater Montreal area, and the support of the Quebec and federal governments were both critical factors in our decision to expand the Mirabel plant,” said Mr. Sauret.

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Ms. Marois, surrounded by security, leaves the company’s new production facility after delivering a speech.

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“This expansion has become necessary to meet the growing needs of our customers,” said Stéphane Salvignol, general manager of the Mirabel plant, in a statement.

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Employees of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty look at main landing gear of Airbus A350-800/900.

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Aides of Quebec Premier Pauline Marois tour the facility.

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