On a site of south-west of downtown Chicoutimi the plant was constructed and one year later the furnace was turned on. The first tap was made on July 1st, 1967. In January 1971, Union Carbide Canada Limited held 100% ownership and the Chicoutimi plant became part of the Metals division of Union Carbide Canada Limited, along with the plants in Beauharnois (Quebec) and Welland (Ontario). On July 24, 1984, Elkem AS, a Norwegian company that already owned several production plants in the United States, in Norway and in Iceland, purchased Union Carbide Canada Limited, Metals division. Since then, the company has been known as Elkem Metal Canada Inc.
With an annual production capacity of 40,000 metric tons, Elkem Chicoutimi holds an enviable position in the American Ferrosilicon and Magnesium-ferrosilicon market. Closely linked to the future of Elkem AS, Elkem Chicoutimi will continue to maintain its position in the market by producing specialty Ferrosilicon, Ferrosilicon based inoculant and Magnesium-ferrosilicon alloys adapted to customer requirements.
Energy Electrical energy is an essential resource in the production of Ferrosilicon. Elkem Metal Canada Inc. has its own hydroelectric power station, located on the Chicoutimi River. The power station has a capacity of 38 MW and can supply approximately 80% of the plant's electrical energy requirements.