The new facility will help Alstom Transport's ability to meet its portion of a C$1.2 billion contract obligation between a Bombardier-Alstom consortium and the Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) for the production of 468 rapid transit cars, Alstom said. In accordance with STM requirements, each train must be made using 60% Canadian content.
Alstom's work at the new Sorel-Tracy site will be dedicated to assembling and integrating the trucks for the new cars. The truck assemblies include propulsion systems and the well-known wooden shoe braking system. Alstom's local activities will create approximately 60 direct jobs and involve many area suppliers, the company said.
"Business activities are moving forward in accordance with the agreement between the Bombardier-Alstom consortium and the Société de Transport de Montréal regarding the manufacture and delivery of the first train, expected to be up and running in 2014," said Claude Lambert, Alstom Energy & Transport Canada Vice-President and General Manager. "With this new modern industrial building, Alstom finds itself in an excellent position to meet the operational and technical requirements of its North American customers, such as STM, by supplying them with state of the art public transportation equipment and technology."
The 55,000-square-foot plant will be a turnkey project, built by Construction Sorel.