Highway 30: Structal-Bridges lands $45-Million deal

QUEBEC, Sept. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Structal-Bridges, the largest steel bridge manufacturer in Canada and a division of Canam Group Inc. (TSX: CAM), has landed one of its best deals to date, a contract worth nearly $45 million from the Nouvelle Autoroute 30 CJV consortium.

More than 14,000 tons of steel components will be fabricated in the Quebec City plant between the spring of 2010 and 2011 for two 3,281-foot (1.5 km) structures that will be part of the 6,562-foot (2.5 km) bridge to be built across the St. Lawrence Seaway at the Beauharnois Canal.

This project calls for the fabrication of 74 box girders, each 27 feet (8.2 m) wide, 12 feet (3.7 m) deep and 134 feet (40.8 m) long, and their delivery to the construction site by vessel. The weight of each individual girder will vary between 145 and 245 tons.

"Our seasoned team has what it takes to meet this major design and construction challenge," said Robin Lapointe, general manager of Structal-Bridges. "This is the latest of many contracts awarded to Structal on the strength of its expertise and capability to execute high-profile projects. This will be our first collaboration with the European consortium, and we are delighted that it sees us as a reliable and strong partner," he added.

This is Structal's second mandate working as a subcontractor on a public-private partnership project in Quebec. Structal is currently working on the fabrication and delivery of components for the cable-stayed bridge on Highway 25 between Montreal and Laval. Structal has also landed a number of deals recently, including a $7.3-million contract for the Carbonneau Bridge in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, a $25-million contract for the rehabilitation of the Alexander Hamilton Bridge in New York, and a $16.5-million contract for the Dominion Bridge in Lévis, Quebec.

About Structal-Bridges

Structal-Bridges, established more than 50 years ago, is one of North America's leading manufacturers 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 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 12 plants specialized in the design and fabrication of construction products and solutions. The company employs close to 2,600 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: Sylvie Gosselin, Senior Advisor, Communications, (450) 641-4000, Cell: (514) 984-8345, sylvie.gosselin@canamgroup.ws; www.canamgroup.ws; www.structalbridges.ws

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