Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) plans to spend approximately $8.27 million to modernize its manufacturing plant in Valcourt, Quebec.
“We will change the way we assemble our vehicles and this will enable us to remain competitive at a time when external pressures show no signs of leveling off,” said Jose Boisjoli, BRP’s president and CEO.
The work, to be carried out between May and October 2005, will impact a 150,000 sq. ft. area and will have no impact on production. The changes include installing new equipment and increasing assembly capacity to bring production schedules in line with demand while implementing more reliable systems and a much more ergonomic assembly line.
BRP owns the Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo, Rotax, Lynx, Johnson and Evinrude brands.

Maureen Healey, executive director of the Personal Watercraft Industry Association, recently voiced PWIA opinion on a proposal to change PWC laws in Maine. In a Letter to the Editor published in the March 4 edition of the Kennebec Journal of Augusta, Maine, Healey wrote: “Just as 16 is the age threshold for operating a car, we also believe that 16 years of age is a good standard for personal watercraft operation.”
“Maine’s current law requiring a minimum age of 16 to operate a personal watercraft is a good policy,” she wrote. “Any efforts to change this law should be to strengthen it by also requiring mandatory boating safety education for all personal watercraft operators.”

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