Bombardier wins big contract in Dubai
Nov 29, 2012 (Menafn - The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --A West Mifflin manufacturing operation will supply a new people-mover system for the Dubai International Airport.
Corporate jet and passenger train maker Bombardier Inc. said on Wednesday that its transportation division won a 107 million contract to build an automated people-mover for the Middle East emirate's expanding airport.
Montreal-based Bombardier's West Mifflin facility, which employs 700 people, will provide "much of the technology" for the new system, which is expected to be delivered in two years, the company said.
The system, a nearly mile-long elevated transit system, will help the airport boost its passenger capacity to 90 million a year by 2018, up from 60 million a year.
Bombardier people-mover systems built in West Mifflin can be found in 24 airports around the world, including in Beijing, London, Madrid, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta and Pittsburgh.
It also is installing systems in airports in Phoenix, Saudi Arabia, and Munich, Germany, spokeswoman Maryanne Roberts said.
The company does not expect to add employees in West Mifflin to fulfill the new contract, Roberts said.
"We'll be able to use the existing workforce for this contract," she said.
The local operation, which includes two separate plants, manufactures rail system cars, propulsion systems and signaling and control equipment.
Bombardier acquired the West Mifflin operation as part of a 752 million purchase of the worldwide train-building and transportation business of automaker DaimlerChrysler AG in 2001. It was originally a Westinghouse Electric Corp. business.
Alex Nixon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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