[kag] A Little Info

  • From: "Lloyd Baker" <binrat@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Geoqueont" <geoqueont@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2004 22:48:37 -0400

For those of you out there who use Canadian Military ammo cans and are curious 
as to why the lot numbers always start with IVI or CAL, well here is a little 
info I dug up while doing an ammo run this summer.
And as a foot note, you should always remove the lot number with sand paper and 
repaint it as the number can be traced back to the group who was issued the 
ammo at all levels of handling.

Now on to the history, and at the bottom a very prosperous company, SNC-Lavalin

SNC TEC was formed as a result of two purchases: the first, in 1980, Industries 
Valcartier Inc. (IVI), a small caliber ammunition plant; and the second, in 
1986, Canadian Arsenals Ltd. (CAL), a large caliber ammunition facility with 
two plants. Both IVI and CAL were built during World War II and operated by the 
Canadian government as crown corporations for many years prior to being sold to 
the private sector. Since these two acquisitions in the 1980s, there has been 
considerable streamlining, reorganization and modernization to maintain highly 
effective ammunition facilities.
In 2001, SNC TEC acquired Expro Chemical Products in Valleyfield. This 
acquisition has strengthened the company's position as a key member of the 
ammunition industrial base by providing the knowledge and technology of one of 
only two extruded propellant manufacturers in North America.



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