Project close to $1 billion in value will create thousands of jobs in
Gaspésie and Quebec
PORT-DANIEL-GASCONS, QC, Jan. 31, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - McInnis Cement, a
company owned principally by Québec interests, is pleased to announce
the go ahead for its Port-Daniel-Gascons cement plant project.
Construction will commence this Spring.
This announcement, long awaited by the community of Gaspésie, was made
in the presence of Quebec Premier, Pauline Marois, Laurent Beaudoin,
Chairman of Beaudier Inc., Michael Sabia, President and CEO of La
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Christian Gagnon, President
and CEO of McInnis Cement.
"We have been working hard since December 2011 to complete all the steps
required to ensure that this project goes ahead. The building of the
Port-Daniel-Gascons cement plant represents one of the largest
industrial projects in Quebec," said Christian Gagnon, President and
CEO of McInnis Cement.
"In addition to the completion of comprehensive updates to environmental
studies, the financial structuring of this $1 billion project proved
crucial to its realization."
"For more than two years, Beaudier has invested its time, energy and
resources to ensure that the McInnis Cement plant project goes ahead. A
partnership with experienced private investors, la Caisse de dépôt et
placement du Québec and the Quebec government, will allow this
long-awaited project to go forward," declared Laurent Beaudoin,
Chairman of Beaudier Inc..
The Quebec government today confirmed that it would provide McInnis
Cement a secured interest-bearing loan of $250 million. In addition,
the government of Quebec, through Investissement Québec, holds a $100
million stake in the firm.
La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec will also make a $100 million
equity investment alongside Beaudier, with which it has had a
successful track record.
"The international export activity remains the driving force of Quebec
economic growth. With its production targeting the U.S. market, the
McInnis Cement project is fully aligned with this vision. I am
convinced that with the excellent management team recruited by Beaudier
and the proximity of the U.S. market, this project is a sound
investment for La Caisse," said Mr. Michael Sabia, President and Chief
Executive Officer of La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.
The remaining funding for the project comes from a group of banks led by
McInnis Cement foresees the construction of this new plant will begin in
Spring, and proceed the next two years. During this period, no less
than 2,300 jobs will be created.
"The Port-Daniel-Gascons cement plant will be a model of environmental
performance. Thanks to technology, we will be able to meet the most
stringent standards. In addition, the location of the plant and access
to a marine terminal will make us highly competitive in the U.S. East
Coast and Canadian markets," said Christian Gagnon.
Over time, cement Port-Daniel-Gascons will produce 2.2 million tons of
cement, with a potential growth to 2.5 million tons. The majority of
the cement produced will be exported out of Quebec.
For more information, please visit: www.cimentmcinnis.com
SOURCE: McInnis Cement
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For Cement and McInnis Beaudier:
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