Canam Group division lands $26M contract for bridge in Northwest Territories

QUEBEC CITY, March 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Structal-Bridges, the largest steel bridge manufacturer in Canada and a division of Canam Group Inc. (TSX: CAM), has been awarded a joint venture contract with Western Canadian bridge manufacturer Rapid-Span Structures Ltd. to fabricate the steel structure of the Deh Cho Bridge in Fort Providence, about 139 miles (223 km) southwest of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories.

Awarded by Ruskin Construction Ltd., this $26-million contract provides, among other things, that Structal-Bridges will supply 110 modified Warren girders as well as Goodco Z-Tech structural bearings and modular expansion joints and that Rapid-Span will produce the steel towers required for the cable-stayed section of the Deh Cho Bridge.

The new 3,428-foot (1045 m) superstructure crossing the Mackenzie River will consist of nine spans. The cable-assisted main span will allow for a navigation channel approximately 623 feet (190 m) wide.

To carry out this project, Structal-Bridges will rely on the cutting-edge expertise of the Canam Group plants located in Quebec City, Laval and St. Gédéon de Beauce in Quebec and Point of Rocks in Maryland, with work scheduled to begin this April. Delivery of the steel sections will begin by rail in September 2010 in order to adhere to the bridge construction schedule. The bridge is slated to open in the fall of 2011.

"This major contract not only reaffirms Structal's leadership position in the North American steel bridge industry, but also recognizes the significant expertise and rigor we bring to the fabrication of complex structures of the highest quality," said Robin Lapointe, general manager of Structal-Bridges. "We are very pleased to be partnering with Rapid-Span again," he added. "In the last four years, our two companies have successfully executed six large-scale projects, including the William R. Bennett and Kicking Horse Canyon Bridges in British Columbia."

About Structal-Bridges

Structal-Bridges, established more than 50 years ago, is a leading North American manufacturer of steel bridges, structural bearings and expansion joints for the highway, railway and forestry industries in both Canada and the United States. It operates plants with a combined annual production capacity of close to 75,000 tons in Quebec City, Laval and St. Gédéon de Beauce in Canada, as well as in Claremont, NH and Point of Rocks, MD in the United States.

About Canam Group Inc.

Canam Group is an industrial company operating 18 plants specialized in the design and fabrication of construction products and solutions. The company employs close to 3,000 people in Canada, the United States, Romania and India, and has partnerships with companies in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and China.

SOURCE Canam Group Inc.

For further information: For further information: Jasmin Gosselin, Vice President, Communications, (450) 641-4000, jasmin.gosselin@canamgroup.ws; www.canamgroup.ws; www.structalbridges.ws


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