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Artist rendering of ADF's future structural steel fabrication plant to be built in Great Falls, Mont.

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ADF Group Inc. is bolstering its U.S. presence with construction of a new structural steel fabrication facility in Montana that it says will give it access to that country's public infrastructure market.

The Quebec company says it plans to build a $24-million (U.S.) plant in Great Falls, Mont., that is expected to produce more than 25,000 tons of steel per year.

Terrebonne, Que.-based ADF is a major North American player in the design, fabrication and installation of steel structures.

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It was recently involved in a payments dispute in which the government agency that owns the new World Trade Center site in New York City alleged that ADF was refusing to deliver the steel needed for the antenna that tops the skyscraper.

In a suit filed by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, ADF was alleged to have been holding the materials "hostage" until it received about $6-million owed for separate projects.

ADF said the allegations it breached its contractual obligations were "without merit."

The legal set-to was settled last month. Terms were not disclosed.

ADF said Monday its new steel complex in Montana will allow it to "broaden its geographic footprint westward" and provide access to the U.S. public infrastructure market.

"During the past months, we have studied many other sites to set up a second plant, and we have chosen Great Falls in Montana for its strategic geographic location. Situated at 160 [kilometres] from Alberta's border, the city of Great Falls will allow ADF to pursue its development both in Canada and the United States," ADF chairman and chief executive officer Jean Paschini, said in a statement.

ADF's customers have included a Baltimore stadium and Lester B. Pearson airport in Toronto.

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Bertrand has been covering Quebec business and finance since 2000. Before joining The Globe and Mail in 2000, he was the Toronto-based national business correspondent for Southam News. He has a B.A. from McGill University and a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson. More

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