The company was renamed Béton Provincial Ltée (BPL), a farsighted name that attests to the founder’s ambitions and the company’s eventual scope. Notably, Walter Bélanger has been awarded with the prestigious Order of Canada and the Ordre national du Québec for his achievements, values and ideals that help raise Canada and Quebec’s profile.
Soon, Béton Provincial built and acquired plants in Gaspésie, Côte-Nord, in Bas-Saint-Laurent and New Brunswick. In 1973, the company obtained a major contract to supply concrete for the Outardes-2 hydroelectric power plant (Hydro-Québec). This project marked a turning point in the company’s expansion, requiring 260,000 m3 of concrete. This was the first project in a long list of contracts with Hydro-Québec: Manic-5 (1985), SM-3 (2000), Grand-Mère (2002), Eastmain-1 (2005), Chute-Allard (2010), Rapide-des-Coeurs (2010), La Romaine (2014), to name just a few.