Pelican International, the Canadian company specializing in canoes, kayaks and other water sports products, says it will open a second production plant in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, a southern city in the province of Quebec. Pelican says it has invested tens of millions of Canadian dollars in this project in the medium term, chiefly for the purchase of production equipment, while the Quebec government has contributed more than C$2 million (€1.3m-$1.5m). The factory should create about 180 new jobs in the region in the medium term, Pelican added in a statement. The company already shared plans for the opening of the plant with The Compass last summer, saying that its turnover had been growing by more than 30 percent for each of the three previous years. It then had a capacity of about 300,000 units at its plant in Laval and was considering doubling that with a second factory. The growth has been driven by demand in North America and the company's investments in equipment to turn out cheaper products. Pelican describes itself as the world's largest plastic boat manufacturer.