Matane: the site of the abandoned Rock Tenn factory will be decontaminated

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Matane: the site of the abandoned Rock Tenn factory will be decontaminated

Rock's abandoned factory Tenn.

Ten years after its closure, the abandoned Rock Tenn factory in Matane will officially enjoy a second life. Radio-Canada has learned that Quebec intends to loosen the purse strings to help the City, owner of the premises, to decontaminate the site.

The City intends to transform the facilities, acquired in 2015, in order to accommodate existing businesses and an incubator for new businesses meeting the objectives of the circular economy.

To do this, the municipal administration, which announced its intention to establish new businesses in the factory a year ago, will benefit from a maximum amount of 10 million dollars.

The site and the former factory were acquired in 2015 by the City of Matane for the symbolic sum of one dollar.

The commitment of François Legault's government was confirmed in a decree published on July 6 in the Gazette officielle du Québec. This amount from the Ministry of Economy and Innovation will be used for the decontamination, redevelopment, upgrading and upgrading of land and buildings.

According to the site health check commissioned by the City last year, weather and humidity have damaged the site. The municipal administration had a maximum of three years to complete projects to revitalize this sector. The analysis of the facilities revealed that the southern part is completely unusable, but that there would be development potential for the other end, where the warehouses are located. Bringing the site up to standard was then valued at five million dollars.

The decree also indicates that this work is necessary for the success of his project and the economic development of the City. .

The factory closed in 2012. A total of 110 workers lost their jobs.

The PQ MP for Matane-Matapédia, Pascal Bérubé, is delighted with the financial assistance provided. Ten million is huge! The site will be completely rehabilitated and there, it will be interesting not nearly, comments the elected official.

“This is very good news for the City of Matane, for its industrial park, for the creation of potential jobs. »

—  Pascal Bérubé, Member of Parliament for Matane-Matapédia

The Member recalls that he himself announced the arrival on this site of an energy producer renewable named Innoventé in July 2013, a project that ultimately never saw the light of day.

At that time, however, a production agreement for 7.2 megawatts had been concluded with Hydro-Québec, an agreement that MP Bérubé would also like to see renewed. As this project never saw the light of day, I would like us to have the same competitive advantage for a company that would like to set up there.

“We have high hopes for this site. It has supported families for years. These are the same hopes that we share today, the mayor of Matane, the economic stakeholders and me, to revive the site. We believe it is possible. »

—  Pascal Bérubé, MP for Matane-Matapédia

The MP was informed that the City had already started talks with the aim of attracting businesses to place, but that decontamination had to be carried out first.

Pascal Bérubé, photographed on the set of the show Bon pied, bonneheure (archives) .

The municipal administration intends to announce the project in mid-August. She thus refused to grant an interview to Radio-Canada on this subject on Wednesday.

Recycled cardboard manufacturer RockTenn threw in the towel in February 2012, less than a year after acquiring Smurfit-Stone in Matane.

With information from Isabelle Damphousse

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