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Gardner Electric wins $1.3M electrical contract as part of N.B. pulp mill overhaul

Gardner Electric will supply and install all lighting, electrical building services for J.D. Irving modernization project

December 9, 2014  by Canadian Manufacturing Staff

SAINT JOHN, N.B.—J.D. Irving Ltd. has awarded a $1.3-million contract to Gardner Electric Ltd. as part of the modernization of its pulp mill in New Brunswick’s largest city.

As part of the contract, Gardner will supply and install all of the lighting and electrical building services for the modernization project, including 6,500 feet of cable trays, which will carry about 43,000 feet of electrical cable to power the new chip plant at the mill.

Gardner will also install light-emitting diode (LED) lighting for , as well as all receptacles, welding receptacles, fire alarms, and emergency exit lighting.

“A project like this keeps local businesses going,” Gardner project manager Paul Dickson said in a statement. “It’s very important to have local contractors participating. It keeps our workers home—they don’t have to leave New Brunswick.”


The $450-million overhaul of the Saint John mill is the largest pulp mill project in Canada since 1993.

About 40 New Brunswick companies have been awarded contracts as part of the project, according to the company.

The investment, announced in March, involves no federal or provincial funding.

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