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Ideal Combustion celebrates opening of new facility

March 8, 2013
By Ideal Combustion

March 8, 2013, Sherbrooke, QC –Ideal Combustion, a leader in the design and manufacture of boilers and heating systems, has moved into new facilities in Sherbrooke’s regional industrial park.

Founded in 1957 by Patrick Dubé and now managed by his grandson Daniel Rivard, the company moved to its new facilities last November, which has enabled Ideal Combustion to expand its production capacity.

“It’s much easier for shop employees to work in a space that now measures 10,000 square feet,” said Ideal Combustion president Daniel Rivard. “Everything is better organized for more efficient manual work. We are very pleased with this innovation.”

Taking both floors into account, the plant has more than 23,000 square feet. Production, warehouse, and office space have all been expanded, while two overhead travelling cranes enable work on several pieces of equipment at once.

The expansion involved investments of more than $2.3 million, while at the same time consolidating 30 existing jobs and creating about 10 new ones. Ideal Combustion was assisted in the project by Sherbrooke Innopole, the Bank of Montreal, and Gaz Métropolitain.

“We are extremely proud to have contributed to this major project, which will allow the company to continue growing,” said Pierre Bélanger, director general of Sherbrooke Innopole. “Ideal Combustion is a leader in its field, and I congratulate its managers for their sense of innovation and development, as illustrated by their new biomass boiler. It’s a good example of growth in the clean technology sector.”

Ideal Combustion is taking advantage of its official inauguration to present its latest project, which is ready for shipment. The immense forestry biomass boiler will soon leave for the Lower Saint Lawrence region for the CSSS Montmagny-L’Islet. It has a capacity of 3 megawatts or 300 HP (10 200 000 BTU/h).

“We build boilers that surpass industry standards (150 mg/m3)—they emit five times fewer particles per cubic metre of combustion gas. We are the only ones in the region producing biomass boilers, giving us a competitive advantage while at the same time benefiting the region,” said vice-president Guy St-Amand.

Assembled in the middle of the plant, the company’s latest boiler weighs no less than ± 80,000 lbs. (± 36,000 kg or 36 metric tonnes). It stands 17 feet tall (5.1 metres) and burns recycled wood chips with a moisture content of about 35%.

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