BRP is building a new manufacturing facility in Querétaro, Mexico, to produce engines for its Can-Am off-road vehicles, manufacture composite hulls and decks, and eventually assemble Sea-Doo watercraft (PWC).
The 55,740-square-meter (600,000-square-foot) facility located in Querétaro’s industrial park will be built in three phases over a period of four years. The first phase is to assemble the Rotax engines that are currently being assembled in BRP's facility in Ciudad Juárez — freeing up much-needed space to increase production capacity for ATVs and side-by-side vehicles. This phase, representing an investment of 395 million Mexican pesos (CA $30 million), will create 300 jobs and will be completed by the end of the year.
"Querétaro was the ideal choice for BRP given its proximity to Mexico City, its modern transportation infrastructure and its strong talent pool," said Thomas Wieners, plant director. "Over and above direct job creation, this opens up great opportunities to local suppliers as well."
Starting in spring 2013, BRP will put in place its new composite manufacturing process for PWC hulls and decks, and will gradually transfer its PWC assembly to Querétaro from 2014 to 2015 to provide more capacity in its Canadian plant.
"We are very excited with BRP’s investment, a world leader in the powersports industry and a manufacturer of products built in Mexico and sold in over 100 countries," said José Calzada Rovirosa, state governor. “Reputed for its capacity to innovate, BRP now opens new opportunities for our Querétaro labor force for many years to come.”
Present in Mexico since 2001, BRP built a 38,000-square-meter (410,000-square-foot) facility in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua in 2007, which now employs more than 1,500 people.