Canadian Manufacturing

Chinese firm building $30M fire alarm systems plant near Montreal

Maple Armor Canada will create 70 jobs in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Que., when fire alarm plant is operational

SAINT-BRUNO-DE-MONTARVILLE, Que.—A Chinese company has announced plans to build a $30-million plant in a Montreal suburb where it will manufacture fire alarm systems.

Beida Jade Bird Group said its Solutions D’alarme Incendie Maple Armor Canada Inc. division will create 70 jobs in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Que., when the plant is operational.

“We wanted to set up operations in North America to develop a new product line that meets the highest industry standards. Considering the ease of access to new markets and the presence of a highly qualified labour force, we are pleased to pursue our growth here in Quebec,” Beida Jade chair Zhendong Xu said in a statement.

He was joined by Weimin Cai and Gelin Zhang, Maple Armor’s president and vice-president, respectively, Jacques Daoust, Quebec’s economic development minister, and Martin Murray, Saint-Bruno’s mayor, for a groundbreaking ceremony at the plant site.

“This project brings important assets and investments to our city,” Murray said. “A leading manufacturer of fire prevention equipment, this company is a major addition to Saint-Bruno’s industrial ecopark. In addition to creating jobs, it will contribute to raising our city’s profile.”

Maple Armor plans to have its plant operational by the end of 2015.

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