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Lafarge eyes $60M prairie province precast capacity upgrade

Source: Lafarge Canada, Inc., Calgary

Growing demand in energy, infrastructure, commercial and residential markets is driving Lafarge Canada’s planned doubling of output capability at its Edmonton precast operation, enclosure groundbreaking and equipment delivery scheduled for 2014. An investment upward of $60 million will see the addition of plant automation technology, including robotics and full-scale computer-aided design and fabrication.

“The construction industry is demanding more of our precast concrete solutions to fulfill building and infrastructure growth. Precast offers unique benefits in the construction, design and procurement phases,” says Lafarge Western Canada CEO René Thibault. “End users gain with energy efficiency, long life and safety.”

Leading into the Edmonton work is an upgrade of Lafarge Canada’s flagship precast plant in Calgary, encompassing automation components and netting additional structural and architectural product capacity. The Alberta precast expansions will incorporate leading edge concepts and methods consistent with the Canadian Precast Concrete Institute’s Sustainable Plant program.