What is Bombardier: Is a Canadian conglomerate whose business spans aircrafts, business jets, mass transportation and financial services.
Founder: Joseph-Armand Bombardier
Founded in 1942 by Joseph-Armaud as L’Auto-Neige Bombardier Limitée in 1942, at Valcourt in the Eastern Townships, Quebec, Canada. Joseph was a mechanic who dreamed of building a vehicle that could “float on snow.” In 1937, he designed and produced his first snowmobile in his small repair shop in Valcourt, Quebec.
- The Ski-doo was originally called the “Ski-Dog” because Bombardier meant it to be a practical vehicle to replace the dogsled for hunters and trappers. By an accident, a painter misinterpreted the name and painted “Ski-Doo” on the first prototype.
- On February 18, 1964, J. Armand died of cancer at age 56. At the time of death, he was at the helm of company controlling every aspects of it, right from the design. In 1967, the company was renamed Bombardier Limited
- In 1970, the company acquired the Viennese company Lohner-Rotax, a manufacturer of snowmobile engines and tramways, and became involved with rail business
- In 1974, it won its first mass transit contract to manufacture 423 cars for the city of Montréal’s subway system.
- I n 2000, they acquired Skyjet.com, a pioneer in real-time online air charter reservations.
- The earlier logo depicted a sprocket– profiled wheel with teeth that meshes with a chain.