DECAST (formerly Munro Ltd.) has expanded their facility, now 475,500 sq. ft., to meet the increasing demand for microtunneling pipe in Canada.

Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Growth, and other key players in the industry attended the official opening ceremony June 14.

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Some of the company leaders and government officials that attended the official opening of DECAST’s newly expanded microtunneling pipe manufacturing facility were, from left, Carlo De Gasperis, principal of TACC Group of Companies; Terry Dowdall, Essa Township mayor; Jim Tully, executive vice president of DECAST; Ann Hoggarth, Barrie MPP; Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Growth; Silvio De Gasperis, president of DECAST and principal of TACC Group of Companies; and Jeff Lehman, Barrie Mayor.



Manufacturing microtunneling pipe at DECAST now provides jobs for more than 50 people. Expansion is common for DECAST, in the past 15 years the facility has increased by 300 percent and the number of employees has grown by 600 percent (more than 450 jobs created). DECAST expects more expansions and more job creation in the near future.

“I’d like to congratulate DECAST on this significant achievement,” said Duguid. “Our government’s top priority is to build Ontario up with significant infrastructure investments that result in good job creation and strong economic growth. DECAST is a Canadian infrastructure leader, and Ontario is proud to be home to such an innovative industry partner. This is welcomed news, and I wish DECAST continued success in the years to come.”

Also on hand at the opening ceremony were Carlo De Gasperis, principal of TACC Group of Companies; Silvio De Gasperis, president of DECAST and principal of TACC Group of Companies, Jim Tully, executive vice president of DECAST; Essa Township Mayor Terry Dowdall; Ann Hoggarth, Barrie MPP; and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman.

Microtunneling is a trenchless construction method used to install pipelines beneath highways, railroads, runways, harbors, rivers, and environmentally sensitive areas. Canada’s more populated, dense areas are very expensive to maintain and develop with traditional open‐cut trenching methods. Open‐cut trenching in dense locations is destructive, expensive and risky. Microtunneling requires only two entry/exit shafts, is safer for workers, has minimal impact on traffic, roads, local economy, nature and the environment and has greater transparency in terms of time and cost.

DECAST is a leader in the Canadian infrastructure market, including water transmission, bridges, storm and sanitary, engineered precast products and tunneling. DECAST’s state‐of‐the art manufacturing facility is one of the most technologically advanced in the world with the most extensive product line portfolio in the industry. DECAST is a major contributor to local economy and actively promotes Buy Canadian.

For more information visit the DECAST website, call 1.800.461.5632 or email info@decastltd.com.

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