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Bombardier lays off 500 in Thunder Bay

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Bombardier lays off 500 in Thunder Bay

Looks like the crash and burn of another Canadian company through incompetence and mismanagement.

Here we go again folks!
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cheapmeister wrote: Why?
Could be because their big TTC and GO contracts for delivery of a fixed number of vehicles are about to wrap up. This shouldn’t be a surprise as the contracts were known to be wrapped up in 2019.

Really strange that the Ontario government is calling on Bombardier to reconsider when the two ending contracts are owned by Ontario provincial and municipal governments.
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cheapmeister wrote: Why?
Why what?
A contract is fulfilled and they do not have enough orders to keep the plant open.
Or, the governments are not giving them money to stay open because it is not in Quebec.
The Government cannot give to anybody anything that the Government does not first take from somebody else.
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we can not say anything here as this is political topic. Move it to other forum and ca talk about Ford.
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This has nothing to do with Ford, it is just a business decision. Don't drag the tax payer into it.
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divx wrote: This has nothing to do with Ford, it is just a business decision. Don't drag the tax payer into it.
Bombardier transportation has far too many factories. Such level of redundancy (manufacturing equipment, manpower and "apparent" but not real product diversity) can only hurt business.

The trains plant at Thunder Bay currently has little demand. It's just natural it needed downsizing.

There's no need nor justification for bail outs. Bombardier is currently cashing in enough money from selling its specialty and commercial aircraft businesses: firefighter airplanes line to Viking, Q400 to Viking, CRJ to Mitsubishi, CS to Airbus/Quebec government, and probably Belfast aerostructures plant to a Spanish group -- I guess the aerostructures plant in Morocco is out for sale as well.
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"Company mismanagement is the real reason Bombardier is slashing its workforce in Thunder Bay"

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thesta ... r-bay.html
The good news is that Bombardier’s recent efforts to turn its railcar division around seem to be working.

Since the beginning of this year alone, the company has won contracts to build train cars in Hamburg, metro cars for Delhi, tramcars in Brussels and train sets in Adelaide, Australia.

Bombardier has just won preferred-bidder status for a $4.5-billion monorail in Cairo. And Bombardier Transportation will perform the first overhaul of train cars in the Eurotunnel’s 25-year history — cars also originally built by Bombardier.

By now, there is enough substance to the company’s turnaround to believe that Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant has a promising future. Thunder Bay is, after all, one of the oldest and best railcar makers in the world.
With its central location in North America, Thunder Bay continues to be an ideal location for serving the North American boom in transportation infrastructure.

The short-term pain of layoffs, which may turn out to be temporary, is a legacy of a long stretch of Bombardier Transportation mismanagement. That malaise is giving way to sound managerial practices, and that gives hope that Thunder Bay might someday have a bigger workforce than ever.
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looks like they need 10 times the orders than they have to save jobs. That's like billion dollars o save 1000 jobs. too much money.
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I dont care about Ethics, morals, rules or laws. I will apologies only when I get caught.
I try not to apologies but sometimes do it. not because its right thing but it benefits me.
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And now there are better products for less price even from european companies
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Buy American policy didn't help neither so no business from US.
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Bombardier employs around 70 000 globally. 500 jobs will not make or brake BBD.
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xpressmerchant wrote: Buy American policy didn't help neither so no business from US.
BBD have plants in the states, they can just make it there instead.
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Pete_Coach wrote: Why what?
A contract is fulfilled and they do not have enough orders to keep the plant open.
Or, the governments are not giving them money to stay open because it is not in Quebec.
I just love the way people defend corporations here meanwhile they are clueless. If Bombardier cannot keep people because they don't have contracts then why are we taxpayers pumping billions of dollars into them for bailouts? That money was handed to them so they don't lay off workers when they get slow. We should have let this company just die off.
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MusicBox wrote: I just love the way people defend corporations here meanwhile they are clueless. If Bombardier cannot keep people because they don't have contracts then why are we taxpayers pumping billions of dollars into them for bailouts? That money was handed to them so they don't lay off workers when they get slow. We should have let this company just die off.
That is what I said?
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