Hamilton, Ont. – Quebec steel company Corbec Steel broke ground at its first galvanizing plant in Ontario on Thursday.
Located in Hannon, near Hamilton, Ont., the project is slated to be complete by the end of 2020. The Quebec-based company is making a total investment of $40 million.
The hot-dip galvanizing plant will serve customers in the South-West Toronto region. Corbec will hire about 100 full-time workers – from plant managers and production supervisors to forklift operators and sales representatives – to work at the facility.
The new plant will be spread over an area of 100,000 sq. ft. with an annual production capacity of 100 million pounds.
The company reports the facility will be one of the most technologically advanced galvanizing plants in North America, with state-of-the-art safety and green features.
The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by the Honourable Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Donna Skelly, MPP, Flamborough-Glanbrook, Fred Eisenberger, Mayor of the City of Hamilton and other senior officials.
“We are truly grateful to the City of Hamilton and the Government of Ontario for their support as we seek to serve various industries across the province and are also proud to be an integral part of the country’s thriving steel industry,” said John Hall, CEO, Corbec.
Steel products that would be galvanized at the new facility include engineered structures such as bridges, windmills, towers, exposed architectural steel structures, fencing and farming equipment, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) products, and a variety of metal parts and hardware.
Corbec has three galvanizing plants in Quebec City, Montreal and Princeville and employs more than 300 people across its Quebec facilities. The company has an overall annual production capacity of 250 million pounds.