With the expansion of 45,000ft² facility, the company has strengthened its position in the North American electrical market.

Alstom Grid Power Transformers vice president Lars Martinsson said this investment ensures that the company has the capacity to engage the growing market in Canada and the US.

"Our factory in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is a modern unit with a skilled workforce and state-of-the-art manufacturing capacities to fully satisfy our current and future customers," Martinsson said.

The facility will continue to comply with the latest international standards and certifications, the firm said.

In 2009, Alstom bought the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu site from Megatran Electric to provide a local manufacturing capability for North American customers.