Bombardier recreational products (brp) is a canadian company making various vehicles. once part of bombardier inc., it was founded in 1942 as l'auto-neige bombardier limitée (bombardier snow car limited) by joseph-armand bombardier at valcourt in the eastern townships, quebec.
in 2003, bombardier inc. sold its recreational products division to a group of investors: bain capital (50%), the bombardier family (35%), and the caisse de dépôt et placement du québec (15%).
the newly formed company, named bombardier recreational products, included all the activities started 60 years earlier by its founder. as of october 6, 2009, it had about 5,500 employees working; its revenues in 2007 are above us$2.5 billion. brp has manufacturing facilities in five countries: canada, the united states (wisconsin, illinois, north carolina), mexico, finland, and austria. the company’s products are sold in more than 80 countries, 18 of which have their own direct-sales network.
brp has a long legacy of innovation and has multiple brands: ski-doo (snowmobiles), can-am motorcycles (atvs and spyder roadsters), sea-doo (personal water craft and sportboats), lynx (snowmobile), evinrude outboard motors, and rotax. the ski-doo personal snowmobile brand is so iconic, especially in canada, that it was listed in 17th place on the cbc's the greatest canadian invention list in 2007.