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2014-03-28 at 16:28

TTC orders 60 more Rocket cars from local Bombardier plant

By Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com

The Toronto Transit Commission has ordered another 60 Rocket cars from the Thunder Bay Bombardier plant.

The contract is on top of the original contract for 420 Rocket cars already being built in the city and it will secure 180 jobs, said Bombardier Transportation spokesman Marc-Andre Lefebvre.

"This new contract will represent continued work for our Rocket employees up until 2015," he said.

The $160 million contract represents the increase in demand for public transportation in Toronto, said Lefebvre.

Unifor Local 1075 president Dominic Pasqualino was pleased with the additional order

"Without these additional 60 cars, probably by the end of the year we would have completed (the original order)," he said.

"It would have meant layoffs by the end of the year."

Pasqualino added he hopes this extension will give the plant more time to acquire new contracts.

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corvette says:
It is great news for Thunder Bay and Ontario as long as they keep the manufacturing in Ontario and Canada. Bombardier is working on shifting their production to lower cost countries like Mexico and China. Once our tax dollars go to these countries it never comes back. I hope the government implements a stronger 60 percent Canadian content.
3/31/2014 7:12:50 PM
Stephen says:
Great news about a local industry that actually does something worthwhile.
A picture of the rocket cars would have been nice but a quick Google Images search fixed the problem (They are really cool!)
Meanwhile if one follows T.O. news at all they are still fighting like wildcats over how to fix their transit system. I say, buy more rocket cars!

3/30/2014 6:00:12 PM
orca says:
About 6 months worth of work I heard
3/29/2014 2:26:00 PM
damanisback says:
uniform local 1075's contract is up in may. So the company will attack the workers for concessions to make up for the lost "learning curve" profits and make up for their inability to run a manufacturing line effectively. The only learning curve there is a brand new managements grasp on the basic concepts of manufacturing. No time to do it right.. but plenty of time to do it twice or three times. not efficient. I hope they catch on quick, I need 10 more years till I can retire.
3/29/2014 10:39:40 AM
pc says:
jobs for an established firm is always good news.
new firms with a limit of a salable product is not good when the gov. supports them but customers don't.
3/29/2014 9:16:27 AM
George Street Economist says:
How many private municipal rapid transit companies in Canada can you name? There is nothing wrong with creating and sustaining jobs to fill a demand that comes almost exclusively from the government.

Or are you against the sale of bulletproof vests too because police and military buy the vast majority of them? It's the exact same principle.
3/29/2014 11:25:24 PM
pc says:
WOW, I finally make a positive comment about this government and I still get flack.
I was talking about the popsicle stick factory that went belly up before it paid employees.
If I thought I needed a bullet proof vest I would prefer to buy one from a Canadian co. and I think things that are a necessity to protect people or help those helping people is money well spent.
Popsicle sticks starting up using my money is not money well spent.
3/30/2014 12:44:15 PM
George Street Economist says:
How is anyone supposed to know you're talking about Global Sticks when the story has nothing to do with Global Sticks and your comment is devoid of any clear reference to them?

There's also nothing wrong with new industries being temporarily supported by government to start up on their own before they're allowed to take off and compete. It's done all over the world, including here. Yes, Global Sticks was a poor choice, but that has nothing to do with this story, so why are you even bringing it up?
3/31/2014 12:05:58 AM
pc says:
I just meant that a business starting out with no real business plan or source of material is a bad investment.
Bombardier is well established and they have got a good source customer base.
So it is money well spent.
It could have been any company that goes to the government for help and then finds it has no customers and no source for materials needed.
The government should check on these things the way a bank does. Then maybe we would not be adding to the debt load.
But like I commented originally it is good for Thunder Bay and good for Toronto. I do not have much good to say about this government but thought this was good.
So being honest I said it. If you want to read more into fine but there is nothing hidden. But you probably won't see me say good about the Liberal Government again.
3/31/2014 11:51:46 AM
nvjgu says:
Great, It will give them a year to find another job.
3/29/2014 4:18:12 AM
Arch Stanton says:
What Marc-Andre neglected to say was that these cars are the 'options' from the original order. They are priced way below the former order prices due to a supposed 'learning-curve' benefit that never happened... so much so that it was hoped that the option would never be exercised(!)

3/28/2014 11:02:14 PM
TheFacts says:
.... Check your facts
3/29/2014 9:15:34 AM
humnchuck says:
I find it pretty unlikely that Bombardier would have included a purchaser option for additional cars that resulted in a operating loss.
3/29/2014 10:06:25 AM
progress now says:
That plant has been good news for the City of Fort William and now the City of Thunder Bay - decade over decade. Maybe a century.

Fantastic news.
3/28/2014 9:21:02 PM
mystified says:
Great news!
Bring it on.
3/28/2014 7:09:05 PM
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