CertainTeed | 91 million for emission-free gypsum

Building products manufacturer CertainTeed, a subsidiary of French giant Saint-Gobain, is embarking on a $91 million two-year modernization project at its plasterboard plant in Sainte-Catherine, near Montreal.

Posted at 4:00 p.m

Martin Vallieres

Martin Vallieres
The press

With this investment, CertainTeed has two key goals: to increase the facility’s production capacity by 40% while also achieving its energy decarbonization by replacing natural gas with Quebec hydroelectric power.

CertainTeed plans to build North America’s first zero-carbon wallboard factory The press ahead of the announcement scheduled for Tuesday at Sainte-Catherine.

By fully converting to electricity with upgraded equipment, CertainTeed also plans to reduce energy consumption at its Sainte-Catherine facility by around 30%, making it “one of the most energy efficient in the world”.

To carry out this project, CertainTeed will receive funding of US$40 million from the Québec Energy Transition program administered by the Department of Energy and Natural Resources in partnership with Hydro-Québec.

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Established in 1973, CertainTeed’s plasterboard plant in Sainte-Catherine employs 120 people. Its wall panel production serves the home improvement market in Quebec, Eastern Ontario and the Maritimes.

Headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, CertainTeed is one of the Saint-Gobain Group’s major industrial units in North America, with fifty manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States and Canada.

The investment in the modernization and decarbonization of the Sainte-Catherine plasterboard plant is part of Saint-Gobain’s global strategy to reduce energy consumption and pollutant emissions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Sent in a message to The pressVice President of ESG Standards (Environmental, Social and Governance Factors) and Circular Economy at Saint-Gobain in North America Dennis Wilson said: “The electrification of our Montreal (Sainte-Catherine) plant is a major step forward for us broader goal of decarbonizing building materials.

“We are beginning a historic chapter in this gypsum plant, leading it into a more sustainable future while increasing its production capacity at a time of unprecedented demand” in the construction and renovation market in Eastern Canada.

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