Mapei Inc. announced the expansion of its Laval, Quebec, facility with the groundbreaking ceremony for the addition of a new 50,750-square-foot powder production plant and distribution facility.

“The existing facility has proven to be such a tremendous asset in providing us with manufacturing and warehousing for Eastern Canada, and this expansion will greatly increase our ability to meet our customers’ demands in those areas,” said Luigi Di Geso, president and CEO of Mapei North America. 

“Now we will be even better able to bring products and services to our customers in Quebec and the Maritime provinces, as well as throughout Canada, with the addition of local powder production and warehousing capacity,” said Marco Roma, general manager of Mapei Inc.

The existing plant produces polymers, adhesives and admixtures for concrete and sits adjacent to the 128,000-square-foot head office of Mapei Inc. The new plant will complement current production with a 100-foot-tall tower and a new Admixtures for Concrete research and development laboratory. 

“With the addition of admixtures and powders, the Mapei Laval manufacturing site will be one of the most high-performance plants — in terms of technology, capacity and complexity —within the Mapei North America network,” Roma added. “The new construction includes utilities and infrastructure to support the 100-foot-tall powder-line systems, being built on the previously unused lot beside our current facilities, so it will not interfere in any way with our existing activities.”

The local community was represented at the groundbreaking event by the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Montreal, Montréal International, Lemaymichaud Architecture Design, Jones Lang LaSalle and the law firm of Miller Thomson LLP. Following Di Geso’s, Roma’s and other speakers’ remarks, the ceremonial “turning of the soil” took place with Luigi Ambrosio from Investissement Québec and Normand Lemay, industrial commissioner for the City of Laval’s Department of Economic Development in attendance. 

The project is on an 18-month timeline. “We look forward to having everyone back to celebrate the grand opening in 2023,” Roma said.