August 7, 2012
(QUEBEC CITY, QC) – Structal-Bridges, a business unit of Canam Group Inc. (TSX: CAM), today announced that it has secured three contracts totaling close to $50M for the fabrication of the steel structures of bridges that will be erected in Notre-Dame-des-Pins and Lévis, in Quebec, and in Edmonton, Alberta.
Structal-Bridges was awarded this contract under a joint venture with Rapid-Span Structures Ltd., a bridge fabricator in Western Canada. The project, which is a public-private partnership commissioned by Flatiron-Dragados-Aecon-Lafarge, JV, calls for the fabrication of 14 steel highway bridges, including two major 1,056-ft (322 m) structures across the North Saskatchewan River. The components supplied by Structal-Bridges will be fabricated at the Quebec City plant starting in December 2012 with deliveries beginning in spring 2013.
The Gilbert River Bridge is a 1,070-ft. (326 m) structure that will be erected 171 feet (52 m) over the Gilbert River and 34th Street in Notre-Dame-des-Pins, Quebec. The agreement concluded with Coaticook-based Couillard Construction Ltd. includes the fabrication and erection of 88 steel girders. The components will be fabricated at the Quebec City plant in spring 2013 and deliveries are slated to begin towards the end of the year.
Also in the scope of the Highway 73 expansion project, Structal-Bridges will fabricate the steel components for a second bridge measuring 135 feet (41 m) as well as for a footbridge.
Goodco Z-Tech, a product of Structal-Bridges, will supply 48 structural bearings and 5 expansion joints.
Mandated by Roxboro Excavation Inc. in Montreal, the third project landed by Structal-Bridges requires the fabrication of 66 steel girders for the reconstruction of the Highway 20 overpass located at the exit of the Pierre-Laporte Bridge in Lévis. Built in 1965, the 1,040-ft. (317 m) structure spans both Highway 73 North and Highway 20. The girders will be metalized and painted at the Quebec City plant. Goodco Z-Tech also will supply 24 structural bearings, 18 seismic isolation bearings and 2 expansion joints for the project.
“Our expertise will be put to full use as we take on these new challenges,” commented Robin Lapointe, Vice President of Structal-Bridges. “The execution of projects such as the Highway 25 Bridge in Montreal, the Beauharnois Canal Bridge, which was built as part of the Highway 30 expansion project in Quebec, and the Deh Cho Bridge in the Northwest Territories that was realized in collaboration with our partner,
Rapid-Span Structures Ltd., demonstrate our ability to carry out large-scale projects.”
Structal-Bridges is a North American manufacturer of steel bridges, structural bearings and expansion joints. In addition to its Quebec City plant, which opened in 1956, the company operates a plant in Laval, another in the state of New Hampshire, and also occupies a section of the
Canam Group plants in Saint-Gédéon-de-Beauce, Quebec, and Point of Rocks, Maryland. Structal-Bridges serves the highway and railway bridge sectors in Canada and numerous states in the U.S.
Canam Group is a manufacturing company that operates 20 plants across North America. Specialized in designing construction solutions and fabricating customized products since 1961, Canam Group takes part in an average of 10,000 construction projects each year in three activity sectors: buildings, structural steel and bridges. The Corporation employs close to 3,500 people in Canada, the United States, Romania, India and China.
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