July 2012

Transportation and materials

 

Groupe Desgagnés to adds ice-class vessel to fleet

Groupe Desgagnés to adds ice-class vessel to fleet

Quebec City-based Groupe Desgagnés has added the 18th vessel to its general cargo, tanker and passenger fleet and will put it to work in the Eastern Arctic and in international service. The Claude A. Desgagnés was built and launched in China last year and was acquired for $25 million. It is named after Capt. Claude Desgagnés, a 50-year veteran of the transportation group, whose roots go back to the 19th century.

 

Fonds de solidarité FTQ Invests $2 Million in the Growth of PG Hardwood Flooring

The Fonds de solidarité FTQ is pleased to announce a $2 million investment in PG Hardwood Flooring, a family business in Chaudière-Appalaches that manufactures high-grade prefinished hardwood flooring. PG obtains all its hardwood from Scierie Dion et Fils, a company in which the Fonds invested in 2010. The quality hardwood comes from forest land belonging to Perthuis, a company owned by the Fonds and Gestion Dion. This is therefore a singular vertical integration model in Québec, where all three parties are experts in their respective fields.

 

IPL awarded contract by the City of Montreal

IPL awarded contract by the City of Montreal

IPL, a North American leader in plastic products manufacturing has been awarded a contract with the City of Montreal for the production of 265,000 recycling bins, each with a 70 litre capacity. (Press release in french only) 

 

Virginia Mines Announces a Strategic Alliance with KGHM International Ltd.

Virginia Mines is pleased to announce the signing of a strategic alliance with KGHM International Ltd. Both companies will jointly carry out geological reconnaissance, sampling and exploration work on a territory covering a surface area of more than 24,510 square kilometers in Northern Quebec. Through this alliance (the Bienville Alliance) Virginia and KGHM will look for nickel and copper mineralization associated with different geological contexts. Work will be done on a 50-50 basis with Virginia being the operator. The first phase of reconnaissance work will benefit from a total budget of $140,000.

 

Greener Packaging on a Roll

Greener Packaging on a Roll

At IPL Plastics in St. Damien, Quebec, sustainability in food packaging is “a prevalent trend with all of our customers, both large and small,” says IPL’s president and CEO Jan Lembregts. As an example, IPL has developed Trustpack, an innovative square-shaped recyclable and reusable polypropylene container that maximizes space. It allows for up to 40 per cent more containers to be delivered on a pallet than round ones of similar size.