SHERBROOKE, Que.—A Quebec sheet metal manufacturer has launched an expansion project that will allow it to drive further into the automotive market.
Verbom, which specializes in aluminum thermoforming, has kicked off the second phase of an upgrade project at its Sherbrooke, Que. facility. The company invested in a new production line last year after winning a contract to supply aluminum body parts for Tesla’s Model X SUV.
The second phase of the project brings the manufacturer’s total investment to $19 million and will allow it to buy new specialized equipment used to produce larger aluminum body parts for vehicles. The federal and provincial governments have committed $1 million and $2.5 million respectively to the work—adding to more than $7 million awarded for the first phase of the project.
Along with the automotive industry, Verbom builds components for the mass transit, appliances and power sports markets. It was founded in 1978 and operates two plants in Quebec.
Together, Verbom expects the first and second phases of its latest expansion project to create about 100 jobs at its Sherbrooke site.