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Bombardier Recreational Products shifting ATV production from Quebec to Mexico
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 Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. said Wednesday it is shifting the ATV vehicle assembly and engine manufacturing operations of its all-terrain vehicles to Mexico, a move that will cost 300 jobs in Quebec.

The company said it will shift 150 jobs out of its main plant in Valcourt, Que., in 2007, and another 150 in 2008. BRP's website said it had 6,200 employees as of March 31, 2005.

BRP said the strong Canadian dollar and Asian competition forced it to turn to a low-cost country to increase profitability.

"We looked at various scenarios and transferring our operations to Mexico just made more sense," said Jose Boisjoli, the president and CEO of privately-held BRP.

The company said the manufacture of its Ski-Doo snowmobiles and Sea-Doo watercraft manufacturing operations will remain in Valcourt as BRP is completing a $10 million investment to revamp its assembly line.

Formerly owned by Bombardier Inc., BRP was taken private in late 2003 by members of the Bombardier family, Bain Capital and the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec.


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