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European aerospace firm expands in Quebec to build jet fuselage

MONTREAL – A unit of the European aerospace giant owns Airbus plans to create 150 jobs in Quebec to build the centre fuselage for new Global business jets made by Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B).

Aerolia, a subsidiary of EADS, says it will create more than 150 jobs on two sites as it supplies a key component of the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 jets.

The provincial government is providing $15 million, including a $5 million grant, towards the $82.4 million project in the Montreal area.

Aerolia will begin its development efforts by mid-2013. Production of the first subassemblies will take place in Aerolia’s sites in France and Tunisia.

The work will be transferred to Quebec once the plant is open.

Bombardier is the world’s largest manufacturer of business jets and the third-largest maker of passenger gets overall, after Boeing and Airbus.

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