Alstom has strengthened its position in the North American electrical market by completing a CAD$6 million (USD$6.1 million) expansion of its power transformer manufacturing facility in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. The company’s investment in increasing capacity at the 45,000 square foot facility means customers will see their orders delivered faster, with an emphasis on high quality and more efficient on site production. The site will continue to comply with the latest international standards and certifications.
In 2009, Alstom acquired the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu site from Megatran Electric LTD. to provide a local manufacturing capability for North American customers during an expansion of its global power transformer activities. The facility designs, manufactures, assembles and services a wide range of transformers that convert electrical currents for power transmission and distribution. The plant extension includes a new high-voltage laboratory, as well as a vapour phase oven, a thermo vacuum oven, horizontal winding machines and other state-of-the-art production and testing equipment. The site’s new production layout, along with these capital investments, allows Alstom to produce transformers up to 166 MVA and 330 kV. This increased capacity also 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 approximately 105.
“This investment ensures Alstom has the capacity to engage the growing market in Canada and the U.S., giving access to our global know-how while benefitting 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,” commented Lars Martinsson, Vice President, Power Transformers, Alstom Grid.
Alstom inaugurated the facility in association with the 2012 TechCon Canada conference and exhibition, which brought Alstom customers together with industry leaders and members of the local business community for a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of the modernized factory. Guests also spoke with experts from Alstom’s power transformer business and other members of the company’s North American executive team.
Alstom has been a world leader in electrical power transformers for over 100 years. The company’s transformer manufacturing footprint comprises dedicated facilities on four continents and has a production capacity of more than 150,000 MVA.
Alstom has supported Canada’s electricity and rail infrastructure needs for over 70 years and currently has 2,000 employees in 19 offices and manufacturing sites across the country. The company continues investing in its Canadian presence and the Montérégie region of the province of Quebec. In addition to the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu plant expansion, Alstom inaugurated its global technology centre for sustainable hydropower in Sorel-Tracy in November of 2011 and, in May 2012, broke ground on a rail transportation-manufacturing site also located in Sorel-Tracy.
Alstom marks $6.1MM expansion of power transformer factory