Bimbo Canada is investing $ 10M to protect its Vachon plant in Sainte-Marie de Beauce from floods such as the one that occurred in spring 2019, which forced production to stop temporarily.
Bimbo Canada will build a wall 848 meters long and 2 to 3.5 meters high that surrounded the facilities to protect them against flooding. The company therefore undertakes to keep the Vachon factory at its original location, in Sainte-Marie en Beauce.
“For almost a century, Boulangerie Vachon has been part of the Quebec tradition, not only in the region, but for a majority of Quebecers. It was therefore essential for us to continue this collaboration with the community of Sainte-Marie and to maintain our activities there, ”said Marie-Ève Royer, Senior Vice-President, Transformation at Bimbo Canada, Boulangerie Vachon in a press release.
This initiative is put in place following the recurring floods that have occurred over the years in Sainte-Marie, the most significant having occurred in the spring of 2019, which affected production for several days in addition to causing significant damage. buildings and equipment. This flood immunization project aims to strengthen the plant’s capacity to maintain production in the event of a flood.
“The City of Sainte-Marie proudly welcomes the announcement of this major investment by Bimbo. This will help maintain many jobs and ensure the continuity of operations at Sainte-Marie. Boulangerie Vachon is a jewel of Beauceron heritage and we are actively cooperating with them to ensure the smooth running of the project through our efforts to improve infrastructure in this sector of the city center, ”said Mayor Gaétan Vachon.
In order to minimize the impact of this project on the environment, a rigorous risk assessment was carried out to arrive at the best possible solution, namely the construction of a protective laminated steel wall that will surround the plant.
Beginning of the roadworks
Construction will begin in February and continue until the end of the year. Bimbo Canada will assume all of the costs of this work while investing in the local economy for this project by entrusting the realization to a local engineering firm, WSP. In order to reduce the visual impact as much as possible, the last phase of the project will consist of integrating the construction into the landscape using a plant cover.