Complex 253-foot components - Canam Canada delivers the longest joists of its history

    ST. GEDEON DE BEAUCE, QC, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Canam Canada, a business
unit of Canam Group (TSX: CAM), began the delivery of its first three
shipments of the longest joists of its history this morning under police
escort. The roof joists spanning 77.1 meters (253 feet) are the longest joists
ever fabricated at Canam's St. Gédéon de Beauce plant since it was founded in
1960. These complex components will be used in the construction of the future
Alphonse-Desjardins sports complex, which will include an indoor soccer court,
for the Chemin-du-Roy school board in Trois Rivières, Quebec. Canam Canada's
previous record for joist length was 51.2 meters (168 feet).
    The new building, 108 meters (355 feet) long by 77.1 meters (253 feet)
wide by 16 meters (53 feet) high, will cover a total surface area of
10,030 square meters (108,000 square feet). Each of the 39 longspan bowstring
joists constituting the roof is 5.2 meters (17 feet) deep at midpoint and
4 meters (13 feet) deep at each end. Each joist was fabricated in three
sections to be assembled and bolted on site prior to its installation.
    Joel Nadeau, vice president of Canam Canada, is very proud of the
execution of this complex project for its customer Quirion Métal Inc. of
Beauceville. It posed major fabrication, engineering and logistics challenges
because of the dimensions and special shape of the components in question.
"Our teams are always motivated by unusual projects that demonstrate our
flexibility and our ability to propose solutions and services tailored
specifically to the needs of our customers and of the architects and engineers
who design such buildings," said Mr. Nadeau.
    The convoy of three tractor-trailers, nine escort vehicles and two Sûreté
du Québec patrol cars left the St. Gédéon de Beauce plant at 4:45 this morning
and will arrive at the Trois Rivières construction site at about 11:30 a.m.
Each trailer is 28 meters (93 feet) long, and 12 more shipments of this kind
will take place over the next three weeks. The roof of the new sports complex
will be in place by mid-July. The project will consist of more than 1,100 tons
of Canam joists and related products.
    Architect François R. Beauchesne designed the building, and the
consortium Pluritec - IMS Experts Conseils assumed the engineering work.

    Canam Canada is the leading fabricator of steel joists and steel
construction components in Canada and has plants in St. Gédéon de Beauce,
Boucherville, Mississauga and Calgary and a sales network country-wide.

    Canam Group Inc. is an industrial company operating 11 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 Mexico, France, Saudi
Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Russia and China.

    A high-resolution picture is available upon request.

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