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Joseph-Armand Bombardier
Birth: Apr. 16, 1907
Death: Feb. 18, 1964

Inventor. A native of the farming village of Valcourt, Quebec, he was was born on April 16, 1907. A noted inventor he held many patents in his life time including the muskeg tractor, vulcanizer, VFB skidder, chain tread, ski suspensions, tractor devices, vehicle spring suspensions, sprocket wheels, some sorts of rubber, vehicle tracks, snow removing apparatus, auxiliary axle assemblyman for tractors, and tree delimbing jaws, but is best remembered for his invention of the snowmobile, it's many models, among many other inventions. By the age of 13 he had invented and manufactured mechanical toys including boats, locomotives, and tractors, and by the age of 15, his first snowmobile. He later attended college and then worked at numerous jobs including in a garage where he built engines. In 1935 he invented the sprocket and traction system, but didn't his receive his patent until June 29, 1937. That same year he marketed his first snowmobile called the B7, but it didn't appear until 1940. On January 29, 1941, he opened his first shop named the L'Auto-Neige Bombardier Limitee. In 1942 he released another snowmobile called the B12 and the B1. During World War II Bombardier's company rapidly grew and from 1945 to 1951 alone he sold 2596 vehicles, later creating the C18. In 1947 and 1948 his company again was sucessful in there sales with $2.3 million in sales and profits of $324,000. In 1949 he created the BT to help with rural routes and the foresty industry. By 1958 and 1959 his company had 3.5 million in sales and $850,000 in profits. In 1958 he invented the miniature snowmobile which became very successful with trappers, surveyors, prospectors, missionaries, and native indians. The smaller version of his first snowmobile sold for $900.00 from 1959 to 1964, and it increased sales so rapidly that the company had to expand. In 1963 Bombardier founded Roski Ltd. in Roxton Falls, Quebec, which also produced fibreglass in the making of the snowmobile's hoods. He continued with his work until his death on February 18, 1964, at the age of 56. After his death his company continued his work with his many inventions and gadgets. A museum was named in his memory and it contains several of his inventions. (bio by: K) 
 
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Valcourt Cemetery
Valcourt
Estrie Region
Quebec, Canada
 
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Record added: Nov 20, 2003
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Joseph-Armand Bombardier
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