CONTRECOEUR, Que.– ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada is acquiring the assets of Legault Métal Inc., a metals recycling company with facilities in Trécesson, Val d’Or, Rouyn-Noranda and La Sarre, in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Que.
The sites will now operate under the name Legault Métal, a division of ArcelorMittal, and will continue to deliver its services to scrap dealers and individuals.
“We are pleased to welcome Legault Métal Inc., a long-standing supplier, to our organization and further reinforce our presence in the Quebec scrap recycling market,” said François Perras, CEO, ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada. “As the largest recycler of scrap for local use in Quebec, we are further securing our supply of raw materials from this important region and strengthening our value chain. We are excited to extend our footprint to Abitibi and will work hard with the local team to earn the trust of our new host communities.”
Well established in Quebec since the 1960s, ArcelorMittal will continue the tradition of excellence that Legault Métal has maintained since 1968 and ensure local opportunities are available for scrap metal collected mostly in the region but also elsewhere in Quebec, in Ontario and across Canada.
“I could not find a better partner than ArcelorMittal to maintain the activities of the largest recycling company in Abitibi and ensure an outlet is available for scrap from our clients,” said Gerry Legault, outgoing owner of Legault Métal Inc. with his spouse Aurore.
About 100 people who are currently working for Legault Métal remain employed by the company as of the transaction date.
Recycling is a strategic activity of ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada, which uses two main raw materials – iron ore from Northern Quebec and scrap metal – to produce steel. The company currently owns a recycling and scrap processing centre in Contrecoeur, Que. This facility processes approximately 800,000 tonnes of scrap per year used within the two ArcelorMittal steelworks to make new steel.
Over the past two years, ArcelorMittal has announced strategic investments of more than $160 million in its steelmaking facilities in Quebec to improve its performance, reduce its environmental footprint and ensure its sustainability.