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Bell Textron Canada celebrates 35-year milestone

September 29, 2021  By Naomi Szeben

Photo: Bell Textron

Bell Textron Canada Ltd., is celebrating 35 years of operations in Mirabel, QC.

Founded in 1986, the global Centre of Excellence is home to civil and commercial aircraft manufacturing, assembly, flight testing and customer delivery. Certifying single and twin-engines rotorcraft over the last 35 years, Bell has produced more than 5,600 commercial aircraft operating around the world, among which 1,000 are in the Canadian market today.

“Thirty-five years ago, Canada’s strong interest in establishing itself in the helicopter industry, their support and funding for construction, research and technology development, attracted Bell to this region and eventually enabled the company to build a robust commercial helicopter line. Today, the Bell team is a driving force for aerospace innovation in Canada and throughout the aviation industry, delivering safe and reliable aircraft, and offering superior customer experience,” said Steeve Lavoie, President of Bell Textron Canada in a statement.

Bell Textron Canada has partnered with the Canadian and Quebec governments over the years to produce and support the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Griffon fleet, the Canadian Coast Guard and the Sûreté du Québec.


According to OMX, with its Supply Centre in Calgary, Alberta, and Commercial Assembly and Delivery Centre in Mirabel, Quebec, Bell sustains more than 6,200 jobs in Canada, has 550 suppliers across the country and contributes $848 million to Canada’s GDP per year.

Steeve Lavoie, President of Bell Textron Canada, with some of the operation’s cutting edge vertical-lift technology. (Photo: Bell Textron)

The company is represented by 1,300 highly skilled employees focused on innovation, product development, airframe design, world-class composite production, complete integration, certification, customer experience, and superior service and support for customers in country and around the globe.


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