Tue, Feb 24, 2004
Company Examines Using Space Coast Facility
Another aircraft engine
maker is considering Florida's Space Coast as a distribution site
for its new line of engines. Bombardier Motor Corp. of America, an
affiliate company of Montreal-based Bombardier Recreational
Products Inc., hopes to choose between Titusville's Space Coast
Regional Airport and a site near Duluth (MN), by the end of the
The Space Coast Regional Airport has agreed to a three-year
lease of hangar space with Bombardier if it picks Titusville.
Brevard County commissioners have approved tax breaks for the
operation, which is projected to bring 25 jobs at an average wage
of $54,500 a year. Titusville's city government and Enterprise
Florida also are looking at incentives for the project.
Bombardier has a significant Florida presence through its other
recreational product lines, including Evinrude and Johnson boat
motors, as well as all-terrain vehicles and personal watercraft.
Its operations have offices in Stuart, Lake Cogan and the south
Brevard town of Grant. Access to East Coast ports and Florida's
heavy interest in aviation also led Bombardier to consider the
"We looked at everything from Sanford to Fort Pierce," says Luc
de Gaspe Beaubien, sales marketing and service director for the
parent operation of Bombardier Motor.
"In aviation, there has been no evolution since," says de Gaspe
Beaubien. Bombardier is introducing a pair of lightweight
six-cylinder engines that put out 220 or 300 horsepower. "These are
clean-sheet designs," says the Bombardier executive of the
innovative piston engines.
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