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BRP spending $55 million to build third manufacturing plant in Mexico

The Canadian Press

VALCOURT, Que. - BRP Inc., the former recreational products division of Bombardier Inc. that makes Ski-Doos and off-road vehicles, says it will invest $55 million to build a third manufacturing plant in Mexico.

The new Mexican plant will eventually employ nearly half of the Quebec company's global workforce.

Construction of the 46,000-square-metre plant, near its existing facility in Juarez, is slated to begin next year and be completed by the end of 2017.

BRP (TSX:DOO) said Tuesday that the new plant will support an expansion of Can-am off-road vehicles and meet future demand.

Chief executive Jose Boisjoli said the investment will allow BRP to continue to make inroads in the fast-growing off-road industry.

The plant will employ 900 full-time workers. BRP's main plant in Juarez employs 1,600 while its facility in Queretaro is expected to ramp up from 600 employees to reach 1,000 by September.

BRP employs 4,900 workers outside Mexico, including 2,800 in Canada and 2,100 in Austria, the U.S. and Finland.

BRP is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft.

It has annual sales exceeding $3 billion from 105 countries.