ArcelorMittal Long Products acquires Legault Métal
August 27, 2019 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
August 27, 2019 – ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada will acquire the assets of Legault Métal, a metals recycling company in Quebec.
Legault Métal has facilities in Trécesson, Val d’Or, Rouyn-Noranda and La Sarre, in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. These sites will now operate under the name Legault Métal, a division of ArcelorMittal.
“We are pleased to welcome Legault Métal Inc., a long-standing supplier, to our organization and further reinforce our presence in the Quebec scrap recycling market,” says François Perras, chief executive officer for ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada. “As the largest recycler of scrap for local use in Quebec, we are further securing our supply of raw materials from this important region and strengthening our value chain. We are excited to extend our footprint to Abitibi and will work hard with the local team to earn the trust of our new host communities.”
Well established in Quebec since the 1960s, ArcelorMittal will continue to ensure local opportunities are available for scrap metal collected mostly in the region, as Legault Métal has done since 1968, but also elsewhere in Quebec, in Ontario and across Canada. “This transaction is the best outcome for our employees, our suppliers and the community,” says Gerry Legault, outgoing owner of Legault Métal Inc. with his spouse Aurore. “Allow me to thank everyone for their loyalty over time; I am confident that you will be able to forge such strong ties with ArcelorMittal.”
Gerry Legault will support the ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada team to ensure a smooth transition of operations over the coming months.
The approximately 100 people who are currently working for Legault Métal remain employed by the company as of the transaction date.
Recycling is a strategic activity of ArcelorMittal Long Products Canada, which uses two main raw materials – iron ore from Northern Quebec and scrap metal – to manufacture steel. The company currently owns a recycling and scrap processing centre in Contrecoeur, Quebec. This facility processes approximately 800,000 tonnes of scrap per year used within the two ArcelorMittal steelworks to make new steel.
Over the last two years, ArcelorMittal has announced strategic investments of more than CAD$160 million in its steelmaking facilities in Quebec to improve its performance, reduce its environmental footprint and ensure its sustainability.