In 1974 the company merged with Construction et Pavage Moderne Ltée. (Modern Paving), and both companies began operation as Sintra Inc. with head offices in Montreal. Growth of the company continued and in 1974 they expanded outside of the province of Quebec with a major contract worth over $20 million for the construction of the 98 kilometer (60 mi) Route du Sud on the Caribbean island of Haiti.
In the years following Sintra Inc. continued its growth as a result of a series of highly successful projects and further company acquisitions and mergers.
Sintra Inc. Today
Fast forward to the summer of 2012 and the company is involved in the reconstruction and expansion to four lanes of a portion of the Trans Canada Highway south of the Quebec city of Rivière-du-Loup and just north of the Province of New Brunswick border. Construction on this 7 kilometer section (4.5 mi) started in November of 2011 and will finish in November 2013. At the height of construction Sintra will have over 65 pieces of heavy-equipment on site including over a dozen Volvo A35F and A40F articulated haulers, motor graders, excavators and wheel loaders.
Project Manager, Maxime Carrier, noted that this job involves cutting through very rolling countryside, several stream crossings a number of rock cuts and moving over 1.6 million cubic meters (2.09 million cu. yds.) of rock and soil, most of which will be in and out of one of the Volvo haulers. Additionally this project was particularly challenging as this section of the Trans Canada Highway is the main road conduit between the maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and the rest of Canada. Thousands of transport trucks and vehicles pass through here on a daily basis, so Carrier and his team were charged with building the new road and keeping the wheels of commerce rolling.
Working On A Reputation
On any construction project one of the nastiest phrases that can be heard is ‘equipment downtime’. It costs in loss of productivity, lost man hours and expensive repairs, all of which filters down to the job’s bottom line. Sintra’s superintendent Carl Ouellet is charged with making sure that everything is being completed as planned and also with making sure that the job is on budget. “I am very pleased with both Volvo and Strongco,” stated Ouellet. There have been some minor problems with some of the newer machines but both Volvo and Strongco have been there for us. When we call them, they arrive promptly and stay until the repairs are completed. That is the kind of service that we need to keep this job on time and on budget.”
A Volvo ECR305C working ‘clean-up’ on the 2012 Sintra Trans Canada Highway expansion project.
One of the advantages that Volvo Construction Equipment has over much its competition is that it still has roots deep in its native Sweden. Now Sweden is located well north of the Equator and well north of the Tropic of Cancer. As a matter of fact there is a portion of Sweden that is located above the Arctic Circle. What does that really matter you may ask? Well many pieces of construction equipment are designed and manufactured to operate where the temperatures are closer to plus 40 Celsius than to minus 40 Celsius.
To Michel Nault, Sintra Inc. Directeur de la Gestion Matériel (Manager of Equipment Acquisition) this is extremely important. “Our machines have to work in some very extreme weather conditions here in Canada. The fact that an excavator is designed to start at minus 40 is important to our operations.” He went further, “Also to have the support of the manufacturer’s engineers who actually leave the office and spend time with our operators finding out what works and what doesn’t rather than designing and building something that looks pretty but doesn’t get the job done... is important as well. Volvo has done that for us in the past and continues to do it. They are alway there when we need them.”
When asked, “Why Volvo”. Nault was emphatic. “There is lots of good equipment available, but support by the dealer is very important. That is what Roger Caristo and his team at Strongco do for us. That is another reason we have come back to Volvo.”
So watch for the road signs... Sintra Inc., Strongco, Volvo Construction Equipment. rep’yu ta’shen Under Construction.