Canada: Quality Concrete to take piece of Lafarge business

Quality Concrete and Lafarge are to form a partnership involving their ready mix concrete and aggregate businesses.

Employees from nine Lafarge ready mix concrete plants and four aggregate sites across the region will transfer to Quality Concrete. They include concrete plant workers in Springhill, Truro and Yarmouth, as well as aggregate staffers in Yarmouth and Folly Lake, Colchester County.

A Calgary-based spokeswoman for Lafarge declined to say how many employees are affected by the change.

“We are a seasonal business with a varying workforce based on the timeline and scope of construction projects we are supplying,” Jennifer Lewis said.

Lafarge will continue to operate its Brookfield cement plant. The Truro-area operation is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Scott Stevens, vice-president of the Stevens Group – which owns Quality Concrete – said Lafarge has a history of quality and service in the region.

“This expanded Quality Concrete will bring tremendous benefits to our Atlantic Canada customers, and strengthen our position as a leader in the Atlantic ready mix concrete and aggregate markets,” he said in a news release.

The integrated operation will be headed by Mel Fiander, president of Quality Concrete, and Alex Kennedy, former general manager of the Lafarge ready mix and aggregates business. He becomes vice-president of operations for Quality Concrete.

Fiander declined comment on the partnership when contacted Thursday.

Bruno Roux, Eastern Canada, chief executive for Lafarge, said customers and suppliers won’t see any major changes.

“Quality Concrete will continue to operate in a manner that respects their strong culture and heritage while integrating Lafarge’s best practices in a variety of areas,” he said in the release.

Quality Concrete, previously known as Dartmouth Ready Mix, was founded in 1958.

The Dartmouth firm has 10 plants in Nova Scotia and one in Moncton.

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