Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier has announced the creation of 250 jobs on the day the Prime Minister opened the new wing of its manufacturing and assembly facility in Belfast.
David Cameron visited Bombardier this afternoon during an investment conference, where the Canadian company manufactures wings for its C-series aircraft at the 600,000-square-foot Queen’s Island site.
Following the addition of close to 1,000 employees to its Northern Ireland workforce over the last two years, Bombardier announced the job increase, which will bring the projected workforce to approximately 6,250 by the end of 2014.
Mr Cameron hailed the firm’s commitment as the biggest single investment in Northern Ireland, just a day after it announced a £120m research and development project at the company, creating up to 230 roles.
“What we need in our country is more businesses and jobs like this,” Mr Cameron told workers on the factory floor.
“We need to make more things, we need to export more things, we need to design more things. We want the high end, high tech, high paid, high skilled jobs that companies like this bring to our country.”
Michael Ryan, vice-president and general manager, Bombardier Aerospace, said the continued company investment will see widespread benefits.
“Bombardier’s major investment in the CSeries aircraft programme continues to bring significant benefits to the 200 companies in our UK supply chain as well as to the Northern Ireland and wider UK economies,” he said.