Start of work on completion of Highway 30 - AGF to supply and install reinforcing steel for 42 km of expressway, including six bridges, a tunnel, two interchanges, 14 overpasses and a bicycle path



    LONGUEUIL, QC, April 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Nouvelle Autoroute 30 CJV
consortium has just awarded AGF Group the biggest subcontract for reinforcing
steel ever issued to a Québec company, turning the start of work on completing
Highway 30 into reality.
    Beginning in a few weeks and continuing until 2012, AGF Group will supply
and install about 36,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel for the entire project.
This represents 20% of the Montréal market for the next four years.
    This contract is valued at nearly $100 million and was obtained following
a call for proposals by invitation. It will provide jobs for 150 people over
the next four years.
    The project covers the 42 new kilometres in the western part of the
Highway 30 extension located between Highway 20 in Vaudreuil-Dorion and the
Châteauguay-Mercier boundary, with a portion of expressway toward
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. This major highway extension will be built in a
public-private partnership with the Ministère des Transports du Québec and
Nouvelle Autoroute 30 CJV.
    AGF's mandate also includes the installation of reinforcing steel in a
tunnel beneath the Soulanges Canal, two major interchanges (A30-A20-A540 and
A530-A30), 14 overpasses, a bicycle path and the project's six bridges. Two of
these bridges - one running 2.5 kilometres over the St. Lawrence Seaway and
the other spanning the St. Lawrence River (1.9 km) - account for nearly 40% of
the cost of the western portion, estimated at more than $1.5 billion.
    "We are happy to tackle the challenges this major project presents in
terms of deadlines as well as design and execution," said Serge Gendron,
President of AGF Group. "Our highly qualified workers will contribute
substantially to its success. Our pride is all the greater in that the
builder, consisting mainly of Spanish firms, has shown confidence in local
expertise, even with know-how from all over the world available to it."
    AGF had also obtained several contracts, already under way, for the
eastern part of the project, costing an estimated $325 million, following
calls for proposals from the Ministère des Transports du Québec. This
government department is handling the conventional construction of the
13-kilometre stretch located south of Candiac, Delson and Saint-Constant.

    AGF Group was founded in 1948 in Longueuil under the name Acier Gendron
Limitée and is one of the largest Canadian producers and installers of
reinforcing steel. It employs 1,437 people at its plants in Québec (Longueuil,
Québec City, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières and Murdochville), Ontario (Ottawa,
Sudbury, London and Kitchener), Alberta (Calgary) and abroad (Martinique,
Guadeloupe, Dubai and Abu Dhabi). Its four head offices are located in
Longueuil, Nantes, Malta and Singapore.
    More than half of Groupe AGF's sales come from outside Québec.




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For further information: Marilyne Lévesque, (514) 985-8204, (514)
885-1641

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