Bombardier rejects KC, will build plant in Canada

Bombardier Aerospace has decided to build its new CSeries aircraft in suburban Montreal, dashing hopes for construction of a massive assembly plant at Kansas City International Airport.

The Montreal-based aerospace giant made its announcement early today at the Farnborough International Airshow in London.

“The final assembly facility will be located in Mirabel, in the greater Montréal area, thus ensuring Bombardier’s access to a skilled aerospace workforce and to an established aerospace education system,” said Guy C. Hachey, president and chief operating officer.

Kansas City had been the other finalist for the $375 million assembly plant, which will ultimately employ more than 2,000 workers. The city and state assembled an aggressive local and state incentive package in hopes of attracting the project.

Although a weak American dollar made building the plant in the United States financially attractive, the Canadian company came under heavy lobbying pressure to build the bulk of the 110- to 130-seat aircraft in its home country.