February 12, 2015

McInnis Cement Announce the Naming of Alexandre Rail and Mark T. Newhart

Alexandre Rail Named Plant Manager of Port‑Daniel‑Gascons Cement Plant, and Mark T. Newhart Named Vice President, Logistics and Distribution

McInnis Cement executive team complete – Corporate office Relocated in Montreal


Port-Daniel–Gascons, Thursday February12th, 2015 – McInnis Cement is pleased to announce the naming of Alexandre Rail as Plant Manager of the Port-Daniel‑Gascons cement plant. He will be responsible for overseeing the operational and financial performances of the cement plant. This action is effective immediately.

‘‘We are pleased with our recruitment of an experienced manager in the heavy industry who shares our values in the areas of health and safety, environment and quality. Alexandre has proven abilities to mobilize employees,’’ said Christian Gagnon, CEO of McInnis Cement. ‘‘Mr Rail’s family comes from Gaspésie, he is undoubtedly happy to relocate to that region and eager to contribute its local economic development,’’ added Gagnon.

Rail holds a PhD and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University as well as a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Concordia University. Furthermore, he has many years of experience in metal powder manufacturing and steel plant factories.

Logistics and Distribution

McInnis Cement is also pleased to announce the naming of Mark T. Newhart as Vice President, Logistics and Distribution and member of the management team of the company. He will report to Jim Braselton, Senior Vice President of Commercial and Logistics and will be in charge of developing an efficient distribution network for the company and their clients, including transport management and marine terminals. This action is effective immediately.

‘‘With his 30 years of experience in logistics, which includes 20 years in the cement industry, the addition of Mark to our management team is a major milestone,’’ mentioned Christian Gagnon, CEO of McInnis Cement. ‘‘Since our business model is based on marine transportation of our products, Newhart’s expertise in transportation and marine terminals management will be beneficial for our organization’’ explained Gagnon.

Newhart holds a bachelor’s degree in logistics from Pennsylvania State University/Smeal College of Business.


McInnis Cement Management Team

With the addition of Newhart, the management team of McInnis Cement is completed and consists of the following:

  • Christian Gagnon, Chief Executive Officer
  • André Racine, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Legal Affairs
  • Jim Braselton, Senior Vice President, Commercial & Logistics
  • Gaétan Vézina, Senior Vice President, Operations
  • Claude Ferland, Chief Financial Officer
  • Mark T. Newhart, Vice President, Logistics & Distribution
  • Marc Lachapelle, Senior Director, Human Resources
  • Maryse Tremblay, Director, Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility


The management team’s biographies are available on the McInnis website. (www.mcinniscement.com). The company recently relocated its corporate office in downtown Montreal to 1350 René‑Lévesque Blvd. W, Suite 205, H3G 2W2.



McInnis Cement is currently building a cement plant representing one of the largest industrial projects currently under construction in the eastern part of North America. The plant will have an initial production capacity of 2.2 million metric tonnes of cement per year. It is located in the Port-Daniel–Gascons city in the Gaspesie region. The site was chosen because of the quality of its limestone deposit and the possibility to build a deep water maritime terminal. Thanks to its state-of-the-art technology, the Port-Daniel–Gascons cement plant will meet the most stringent environmental standards and will therefore have one of the lowest environmental footprints in the cement industry. Project updates are available on www.mcinniscement.com and on Twitter @Ciment_McInnis.


Contact :


McInnis Cement
Florence Gauthier : florence.gauthier@cmcinnis.com

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