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Bombardier's restructuring comes with 1,800 job cuts

WICHITA (MCT) — Bombardier will cut 1,800 jobs across the company as it works to restructure its business segments, but it's not yet known how or whether that will affect its Learjet site in Wichita, a spokeswoman said.
The company will cut 15 percent of what it calls "indirect functions," or support roles such as jobs in finance, communications and human resources, said Isabelle Rondeau, a Bombardier spokeswoman.
Jobs related to production will not be affected, she said.
Cuts will take place across Bombardier, Rondeau said.
But "it's much much too early to tell how each site will be impacted," Rondeau said. "We'll know more during the next few weeks and months."
On Wednesday, Bombardier, based in Montreal, announced a new organizational structure. It plans to divide the company into four main business segments: Bombardier Transportation, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services.
The new structure will be in place Jan. 1, 2015, the company said.
The company's restructuring is aimed at cutting costs and overhead.
In January, Bombardier said it would cut 1,700 aerospace jobs. That included 550 at Bombardier Learjet in Wichita.
And in June, delays in the Learjet 85 program were the cause of further job cuts in Wichita and at a facility in Queretero, Mexico. In Wichita, the cuts were expected to affect about 200 people, the company said last month.
That included about 70 contract and temporary workers and about 100 permanent employees. About 40 others had been identified for reassignment within the organization. The site was working to retain as many of the permanent employees as it could.
As of Dec. 31, Bombardier employed 37,400 employees across its sites worldwide.
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