Black & McDonald: Part of the Nuclear Industry and Clarington Community
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
October 18, 2017, Clarington, Ontario – Black & McDonald Nuclear doesn’t just have its headquarters based in the municipality of Clarington; it’s also very much part of the local community.
While the company has long acted as a vendor to the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, the company took up residence in Clarington only about a year ago, just before the refurbishment project officially kicked off. Moving to its new location, a stone’s throw from the Darlington Energy Complex, from Pickering made sense for Black & McDonald.
The current office facility houses between 50 and 60 employees, with addition Black & McDonald staff working directly on site at nuclear facilities, including about 450 at Darlington and 100 at Pickering.
Ontario is embarking on a massive nuclear refurbishment program that will see 8,000 jobs created in the province, to add to the 12,000 Ontarians currently employed in the sector. The refurbishment of Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Nuclear Station is underway and home to over 5,000 additional workers. Of the $25 billion planned investment in plants at Bruce and at Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Nuclear Station, over 90 percent will be spent with Ontario-based suppliers, creating further jobs and opportunities for small and medium sized companies across the province.
In terms of the Refurbishment project, Black & McDonald is engaged in the inspection, overhaul, maintenance and, where necessary, replacement of about 1,200 Darlington valves. The company is also working on heat exchangers and a piping modification related to Refurbishment. This will be built at Black & McDonald’s Scarborough fabrication facility for just-in-time delivery to Darlington.
Beyond the work being done to support local nuclear projects, the company is also very engaged in community betterment. Part of the overall corporate philosophy includes commitment to both the community and the environment and Black & McDonald is extensively involved in both in Clarington. An active member of the Clarington Board of Trade, the company also completes annual shoreline clean-ups, assists a number of local charities and sponsors area teams.
“Black & McDonald has benefitted our community for many great years through its vital infrastructural work, and they continue to play an important role in the Darlington refurbishment while also providing valuable employment opportunities for local talent. I am proud to have this successful, Canadian company servicing the Durham community and further, the Province of Ontario.”
Granville Anderson, MPP Durham
“Clarington is proud to be a nuclear host community. Black & McDonald is providing crucial work necessary for the Darlington Nuclear refurbishment as well as providing job opportunities locally. The Municipality is in full support of this partnership that will help power Ontario for many years to come.”
Mayor Adrian Foster, Mayor of Clarington
“Black & McDonald is a leading example of an integrated Canadian engineering and construction management company that supports the Ontario’s nuclear fleet and creates jobs in host nuclear communities such as Clarington,” says Dr. Ron Oberth, OCNI President and CEO. “They’re part of a vibrant Ontario nuclear supply chain of companies that benefit local economies across the province”.
Dr. Ron Oberth, President and CEO, OCNI
“Black & McDonald is proud to be a key player in Ontario’s Power Generation Industry and by locating offices in Clarington allows our team to efficiently and effectively support many Nuclear Projects and Maintenance activities. We believe in supporting the communities in which we work and look forward to continuing to build strong relationships here in Clarington”.
Mark W. Healy, P. Eng., Regional Vice-President, Black & McDonald
"Refurbishing Darlington Nuclear is Canada's largest clean energy project that will ensure a clean, safe and reliable source of energy for the next 30 years,” said Carla Carmichael, VP Project Assurance and Contract Management at Ontario Power Generation. “This investment in clean air and lower energy prices is creating 14,000 jobs across Ontario, and right here in Bowmanville. Black & McDonald is one of hundreds of Ontario companies supporting this made-in-Ontario project where 96 per cent of project expenses are spent in Ontario."
Carla Carmichael, Vice President, Project Assurance and Contract Management, Ontario Power Generation
“We are honoured to have Black & McDonald and their employees as part of the Clarington community. As active members of the Clarington Board of Trade, they help strengthen the voice of the business community. We commend them for their leadership in safety and sustainability practices, and commitment to the nuclear industry.”
Bonnie Wrightman, Manager of Business Development, Clarington Board of Trade & Office of Economic Development
Black & McDonald Black & McDonald's depth of experience has made them the partner of choice throughout the power generation industry. With over 90 years of lessons learned, Black & McDonald applies knowledge to the benefit of their customers, meeting challenges in critical environments, with safety always foremost in mind. By also specializing in power generation using greener energy sources such as Wind, Hydro, Solar and Cogeneration, Black & McDonald are proud to be building a sustainable future for all.
Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is an association of more than 200 Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry that employ more than 12,000 highly skilled and specialized engineers, technologists, and trades people. OCNI companies design reactors, manufacture major equipment and components, and provide engineering services and support to CANDU nuclear power plants in Canada as well as to CANDU and Light Water Reactor (LWR) plants in offshore markets.
For Further Information Contact:
Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries: Ron Oberth, President and CEO
Tel: (905) 839 -0073 or (647) 407-6081, firstname.lastname@example.org
Black & McDonald: Mark Healy, Regional Vice-President
Tel: 647-795-8086, email@example.com