September 7, 2016
McInnis Cement Kicks Off Construction for Sainte-Catherine Terminal
Sainte-Catherine, September 7, 2016 – In anticipation of the operation of the new generation McInnis cement plant in Port-Daniel–Gascons, the Company announced plans for the construction of one of its cement terminals that will be utilized to ensure the distribution of bulk cement to markets via their maritime services.
The Terminal, modern and harmoniously integrated into the industrial area development plan infrastructure, is built along the Boulevard Hébert over an area of two acres and will host two silos erected near the existing wharf. Approximately 25 ships per year should make stops at the Sainte-Catherine Terminal. Combined with the use of railways, transport by sea is highly effective. In addition, it provides a lower carbon footprint in comparison with road transport. Furthermore, the Company will rely on the Trac-World expertise to ensure handling of the product at that location.
“While the cement plant is a few months away from being fully operational, we are taking the final steps for this important project to take shape and become the expected commercial success”, said the Director of Canadian Sales at McInnis Cement, Francis Forlini. “Through the collaborative work with Trac-World and the City of Sainte-Catherine, we are excited to kick off construction of this terminal, which will become a hub between our manufacturing operations, shipping and cement delivery to our customers”, he concluded.
The Sainte-Catherine’s attributes make this intermodal distribution center a prime location added Forlini, noting its centralized location, rail network flexibility toward surrounding areas of Canada and the United States, near Highways 15 and 30 and the Mercier Bridge.
“It’s with great pride to welcome this terminal, which consolidates the port and industrial expertise of Sainte-Catherine”, said the Mayor of Sainte-Catherine, Jocelyne Bates. “Building on the alliance between McInnis Cement and the City, this new, modern terminal will comply with our high standards in terms of urban planning regulations. We are pleased that this Gaspésian project can bring benefits in other areas such as ours”.
The cement transiting in Sainte-Catherine is intended to serve markets in New England, in addition to replacing imports in Quebec and Ontario. To feed its other markets, McInnis plans to build other terminals on the east coast of North America, including recent construction work in Providence, Rhode Island.
“The service agreement with McInnis Cement allows our company to play a leading role, directly related to our expertise”, said Laurent Tourigny, President of Trac-World, a company that will handle the management of logistics operations. “ The Sainte-Catherine’s site can thus continue its development by focusing on maritime transportation and putting forward its considerable advantages in terms of strategic location.”
Construction will continue until early 2017 at the site and the Sainte-Catherine Terminal is scheduled to be fully operational by Spring 2017.
About McInnis Cement – The New Cement Company
McInnis Cement is a privately-held Company with corporate headquarters in Quebec, Canada, and United States headquarters in Stamford, CT. The Company’s plant in Port-Daniel–Gascons, Canada is one of the largest industrial projects currently under construction in eastern North America and McInnis is the first cement company to build a new plant that will serve Eastern Canada and New England in more than 50 years. McInnis Cement is constructing a deep-water marine terminal, adjacent to the plant, with plans to open other terminals strategically located in the U.S. and Canada. This will allow products to be shipped quickly and efficiently to markets along the East Coast and the entire perimeter of the Atlantic Ocean.
As the newest entrant in the North American cement market, the Company’s goal is to supply its customers with superior-quality products that are consistently produced and reliably distributed, based on sustainable development principles. The use of advanced technology will enable the McInnis cement plant to meet, if not exceed, the most stringent environmental standards, making its ecological footprint one of the smallest in the cement industry. More information is available at @ciment_mcinnis and mcinniscement.com/en.
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City of Sainte-Catherine
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