Bombardier to restructure company, cut 1,800 jobs

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WICHITA, Kan. — Bombardier announcing a new organizational structure which will impact the company's Learjet operations here in Wichita.

Bombardier Spokeswoman Isabelle Rondeau says the reorganization is to reduce overhead costs.

Bombardier expects to cut approximately 1,800 jobs. Total global employment is about 76,000.

Rondeau says the company will reduce positions by at least 15 percent. She says it won't impact production workers but will impact office workers including management.

She says the reorganization is being announced now with the details to be worked out between now and the first of the year.

Bombardier's business segments will become: Bombardier Transportation, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services.

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Bombardier Inc., whose Learjet business is based in Wichita, is cutting jobs and restructuring into four segments as part of a plan to reduce costs.

The Wall Street Journal reports the Canadian firm will create new, separate segments for business aircraft, reporting to Eric Martel, and for commercial aircraft, reporting to Mike Arcamone. Guy Hachey, president and chief operating officer of Bombardier Aerospace, is retiring.

A third segment, transportation, will include rail manufacturing and technology and will continue to be led by Lutz Bertling.

Fourth is a new segment, aerostructures and engineering services. A leader for that segment hasn't been named.

Bombardier says it plans to reduce its total employment of 76,000 by 1,800 people.

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