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2008 — Community
A birthday, that’s something to celebrate with the community!
In 2006, when it marked its 20th year in operation with a big splash, the Bécancour Smelter (ABI) started the ball rolling on a series of events to celebrate the anniversaries of the founding of Alcoa Canada Primary Metals plants. In 2007, together with our employees, families, friends and neighbors, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Baie-Comeau Smelter as well as the 15th anniversary of the Deschambault Smelter and the Bécancour Rod Plant.
The Baie-Comeau Smelter jubilee Opened in 1957, and expanded four times since then, the Baie-Comeau Smelter is a cornerstone of the economic and community life of Baie-Comeau and the surrounding area. Between May 22, 2007, when a symbolic flag was raised, and the children’s party at Christmas, a string of events were held throughout the year both in the plant and in the city’s major venues.
From the open house, during which everyone was invited to see inside this huge refinery, to the Québec Issime show presented at the Parc des Pionniers, the hockey game between smelter staff and the Legends of Hockey to raise funds for Centraide, the banners flying proudly throughout the city... the celebration of Baie-Comeau’s 50th birthday made for a very special year in 2007.
In order to demonstrate its commitment to the community of Baie-Comeau, the Alcoa Foundation and the smelter awarded the largest grant in their history – $1 million – for the construction of the Centre des arts Alcoa, next to the Théâtre de Baie-Comeau.
And the best news came just after the 50th birthday, on March 4, 2008, when it was announced that the smelter would be modernized and its production increased. This investment of $1.2 billion will assure that we continue to play a central role in the economy and the community for decades to come.
Deschambault Smelter and Bécancour Rod Plant both turned 15 Both the Bécancour Rod Plant and the Deschambault Smelter began production in 1992. Employees, family and friends celebrated the birthday of the rod plant, whose performance was the model for the new aluminum rod facilities in Iceland.
In 15 years, the Deschambault Smelter has earned a reputation for the quality of its production and its environmental performance, making it a worldwide benchmark within Alcoa. Legitimate pride in this record was evident in the celebrations marking its anniversary. With golf tournaments, family parties and a big show at the Capitole de Québec, smelter employees had many occasions to celebrate.
Here, too, the community was not forgotten. During a cocktail party held on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River for all the major social figures in the Deschambault community, the Alcoa Foundation and the Alcoa Deschambault Smelter announced a grant of $150,000 for the reconstruction of the bridge over the Lachevrotière river that torrential rains had swept away in 2005. The new bridge will once again give people easy access to their heritage buildings, including the Moulin de Lachevrotière, and to many other sites of cultural and community importance.