In his teens, Joseph Armand-Bombardier had opened a small garage in Valcourt, QuÃÂ©bec, where he began experimenting with the manufacturing of tracked snow vehicles. Over the years, he came up with several different models of snow vehicles ranging from enclosed 12-passenger military vehicles to recreational snow machines. By 1942, Bombardier founded the company L'Auto-Neige Bombardier LimitÃÂ©e (French for Bombardier Snowmobile Limited) to manufacture his snow machines. His dedication to creating these machines stemmed from the death of his two-year-old son in 1935 when his son had appendicitis and peritonitis and the family could not get the boy to the nearest hospital because the roads were snowed in. Twenty-three years after the death of his son, J. Armand-Bombardier perfected the first "Ski-Doo" (a one-passenger snow machine) in history, which became an instant hit in several countries.
Although J. Armand-Bombardier passed on in 1964, his company continues to grow today. By the 1970s and 1980s, Bombardier Inc.
diversified into rail transportation and aerospace industries. Over the years, Bombardier Inc. has acquired several other businesses to compliment its existing business lines and it has expanded nationally as well as internationally. The company now operates as a designer, manufacturer and distributor of transportation equipment and other products and services related to its technology. Bombardier's business is now divided into four segments: aerospace, transportation, recreational products and capital and its products and services are offered in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
The Aerospace & Defense sector includes companies that manufacture aircraft and aircraft parts, guided missiles and space vehicles, defense electronics, and other related aerospace/defense components and systems, as well as companies that provide services such as aircraft repair and maintenance. In terms of the Aerospace sector, Bombardier is the world's #3 maker of...