Some believed in most: the remains of the old factory aluminum Aleris are on the verge of disappearing from the urban landscape of Trois-Rivières.
The wreckers, who had just arrived on-site, will need to be made clear up by the end of the year. Due to the pandemic, the work will be all the same started with three months of delay.
This is the group Démex of the Saguenay, which has obtained the contract granted by the ministry of the Environment for$ 2M.
A former worker from the factory came watch the wrecking crew had no nostalgia. “It’s been so long that I wanted it to be on land”, he said.
The area of the sector Cap-de-la-Madeleine, where the plant is located, welcomes the arrival of the machinery as a deliverance. “It is sure that it is the vermin that was unpleasant,” said a woman living nearby of the old industrial complex.
The plant Aleris had closed permanently in 2008. The last two owners of the premises, including Recycling Arctic Beluga, are gone, leaving the site clean-up plan.
The mayor of Trois-Rivières has moved to ensure that the work had indeed begun. After step yet to come do the cleanup, the city plans to launch a major residential and commercial on the site. “This is a good start. We are going to see the buildings be dismantled. This is a first step towards the revival”, a delighted Jean Lamarche.