Alstom has completed the C$6m ($6.1m) expansion of its power transformer manufacturing facility in Quebec, Canada.
The company acquired the plant from Megatran Electric in 2009 in order to expand its global power transformer activities and provide a local manufacturing capability for customers in North America.
The St-Jean-sur-Richelieu facility designs, manufactures, assembles and services a range of transformers that convert electrical currents for power transmission and distribution.
The latest expansion of the plant includes a new high-voltage laboratory, a vapour phase oven, a thermo vacuum oven, horizontal winding machines and other production and testing equipment.
The increased capacity has created jobs for an additional 40 workers in areas such as engineering, quality, testing, and contract management, bringing the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu site’s total staff size to 105.
Alstom Grid Power Transformers vice president, Lars Martinsson, said the investment will ensure Alstom has the capacity to engage the growing market in Canada and the US and will also benefit from local manufacturing.
"Our factory in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is a modern unit with a skilled workforce and state-of-the-art manufacturing capacities to fully satisfy our current and future customers," said Martinsson.
Alstom inaugurated the facility in association with the 2012 TechCon Canada conference and exhibition.
Image: Alstom’s St-Jean-sur-Richelieu facility designs, manufactures, assembles and services a range of transformers. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.