Béton Provincial consolidates Eastern Canada position with CRH assets

Sources: Béton Provincial Ltée, Quebec City, Quebec; CP staff

Béton Provincial, the largest Canadian-owned company in cement and concrete, has closed on a major asset transaction with CRH Canada Group Inc., netting: the Ash Grove Cement mill in Joliette, Quebec, plus one Solvay, N.Y., two Greater Montreal and three Labrador or Newfoundland terminals; nine Demix Béton ready mixed plants, seven in Greater Montreal, two in the Quebec City region; plus, Mirabel and Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur quarries serving the Montreal market and operating as Demix Agrégats. The Ash Grove operations will operate under Ciment St-Laurent or St. Lawrence Cement, reviving a historically recognized brand in Quebec and eastern North America.

Concrete Products visited Béton Provincial in 2013 as the producer upgraded its Quebec fleet with London Machine drum-bearing Western Star 4700s.

“This milestone highlights the journey undertaken by Béton Provincial since its foundation in Matane (Québec) in 1960. We are very proud to see that a 100 percent Canadian-owned company is now making its mark alongside major multinational players. This accomplishment would not have been possible without the trust and continuous support of our partners, clients, and employees, who demonstrate our common commitment to excellence, innovation, and sustainability,” says Béton Provincial President André Bélanger.

The CRH Canada and Ash Grove assets position Béton Provincial with 2,700-plus employees, the bulk of them running 94 ready mixed concrete plants and a 700-mixer truck fleet, along with five precast concrete and 21 asphalt plants. With its extensive network of strategic contact points, Béton Provincial now operates one of the largest heavy building materials distribution businesses in eastern North America. By strengthening its vertical integration capabilities, the company is diversifying its product offerings and gaining better supply chain control. The CRH Canada and Ash Grove transaction likewise bolsters Béton Provincial’s ability to implement innovative projects in green concrete, thereby contributing to the transition to a more sustainable and responsible industry.

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