MONTREAL—French aerospace firm Aerolia will join a half dozen of its industry peers at Montréal-Mirabel International Airport, with the cornerstone laid on a 40,000 sq. ft. fuselage facility.
Set to open in February 2014, a month later than previously announced, the new facility will be the home of the firm’s Canadian subsidiary, Aerolia Canada, and will be the site where it builds the centre fuselage for Bombardier’s Global 7000 and 8000 business jets.
“Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) offered to provide Aerolia with a turnkey facility to help the company establish its operations in Québec,” ADM vice-president of planning Henri-Paul Martel said in a statement.
“In addition to the site’s inherent advantages, the offer was instrumental in Aerolia’s decision to open its first North American factory in Montréal-Mirabel’s industrial park.”
ADM, the local airport authority, is investing $9.5-million to build the facility.
Aerolia will lease the facility under an initial 15-year agreement, with the option to renew for three further five-year periods.
The company, a member of the EADS group, will invest $82-million through 2018 and create 140 jobs as part of the agreement.
Montréal-Mirabel is already home to a number of aerospace industry players, including Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney, L-3 MAS, Mecachrome, Safran and Nolinor Aviation.