UBC Millwrights Local 1410 Kingston Prepares for Pioneering Battery Plant Construction

Published On: February 28, 2024Categories: Press Release

Loyalist Township, ON – February 28, 2024 – UBC Millwright Local 1410 Kingston and the Millwright Regional Council – Canada (MRC) announced their involvement in a groundbreaking new construction project, signaling a significant step towards Canada’s leadership in the high-value segment of the Electric Vehicle (EV) supply chain.

The project, located near Kingston, Ontario, is a collaboration between Umicore and Worley Canada, aiming to construct the first-of-its-kind battery materials production plant in Canada. Spanning a vast 350-acre plot in Loyalist Township, minutes from Kingston, the site has been meticulously cleared, with civil and underground service work set to commence operations immediately.

Umicore plans to expedite the project, with the next package, encompassing cement, steel, and cladding, expected to be awarded to the successful contractor by the end of March 2024. The mechanical scope of the project is anticipated to be awarded by August this year.

“This venture represents not only one of the most significant construction projects in Eastern Ontario but also opens doors to additional phases and potential projects in the future,” stated Scott Thompson, Local 1410 Business Representative. The union has maintained open channels of communication with Umicore and Worley Canada through the Quinte Building Trades Council and independently during site visits and video calls.

Recognizing the facility’s need for pharmaceutical-grade cleanliness, Local 1410 is taking proactive measures by developing clean room training for its members, ensuring they are well-prepared for the intricate work ahead. The UBC Millwrights are committed to fostering strong relationships with both current and new industry partners, emphasizing its members’ expertise as leaders in safety, training, professionalism, knowledge, and pride.

“We view this as an excellent opportunity to showcase not only our capabilities as UBC Millwrights but also the strength we possess as a national group under the leadership of the Millwright Regional Council – Canada,” Scott Thompson added “Our members provide a competitive edge for our contractors, ensuring projects are completed on time, on budget, with high quality, safe work, and no disruptions. Each member is committed to excellence every day on the job.”

For media inquiries, please contact:

Andrew Bredin
Director of Communications & Stakeholder Relations
Millwright Regional Council – Canada

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