Montreal-based company will maintain control of Quebec facility that manufactures the jets
Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. has signed a deal to sell its CRJ regional jet program to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.
Under the deal, Mitsubishi will pay $550 million US in cash and assume about $200 million worth of debt and other liabilities related to the CRJ — an acronym for the Canadair Regional Jet.
The contract stipulates that the Japanese manufacturer take over the maintenance, support, refurbishment, marketing and sales activities for the jets, including services and support facilities in Montreal, Toronto, Bridgeport, West Virginia and Tucson, Ariz.
All in all, the CRJ business has about 1,600 employees worldwide. The plan is for Mitsubishi to keep about 1,200 of them.
One key asset Bombardier is not selling as part of the deal is the main CRJ manufacturing facility in Mirabel, Que., along with the roughly 375 people who work there. The company will need that plant and those workers to continue to supply spare parts and manufacture the jets until the sales backlog of 42 jets has been cleared, which is expected to last until the second half of next year.