Bombardier Bonuses Suspended, But Business Goes On

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Belt-tightening continues at Bombardier, but company officials are denying rumors that the company is abandoning the business jet market. "Nothing could be further from the truth," said spokesman John Paul Macdonald. He said that kind of rumor has been circulating among jittery employees since the company announced two temporary plant closures and more than 2,000 layoffs in September. But it's more than a rumor that salaried employees are the next to feel the pinch. They were told Thursday that the merit bonuses they were to receive this week had been suspended. The bonus suspension is part of a fresh review of costs at its operations. Spokesman Dave Franson told The Wichita Eagle that no decisions had been made on whether to ask employees for wage and benefit decreases. He said additional layoffs were not part of Thursday's discussions. Meanwhile, one of the plants idled, the Toronto, Ontario DASH-8 factory, will resume production next week. The Learjet 45 and 60 production lines in Wichita will remain shut down for another two months.