The year 2019 in business: several entrepreneurs in the spotlight

The past year has once again been rich in twists and events. In the business community, many companies in the region have rolled gold while others have stood out. Back to a non-exhaustive list of 2019 highlights.
Gourmet companies

You don’t have to be in the food industry to have an appetite for growth. However, Lassonde embodies this constant development. The flagship of Rougemont, which celebrated its centenary last year, has indeed continued its wave of acquisitions this year. In late July, reported The Canadian Press, Lassonde Industries has invested approximately $ 7 million in wine producer Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits, a transaction that allows them to obtain a 20% interest in the Niagara-On-The-Lake business. Then, in November, it was Sun-Rype Products that came under the umbrella of the giant fruit juice. The $ 80 million transaction also includes its two affiliated companies located in Washington State, in the United States.

In November, Sun-Rype Products came under the umbrella of the giant fruit juice Lassonde.

On the Lac-Brome side, KDC / ONE also continued to grow. In July, the manufacturer of products for the cosmetics industry bought the French group Alkos, then added the American company Benchmark Cosmetic Laboratories to its portfolio in November. In doing so, KDC now has more than 5,000 employees at 16 production sites in Canada, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic. Around mid-December, the company took another giant step by merging with the English group HCT.

The Granbyenne Artopex also had a good year, appearing for the 12th consecutive year among the best managed companies in Canada, thus retaining its title “platinum”. In February, she got her hands on Concept Can-Bec, which at the same time became an autonomous division of the furniture giant. In the spring, the creations of the office furniture manufacturer entered a showroom located in the heart of Broadway, in New York. Lastly, in October, Artopex announced that it was undertaking a 4.0 shift at its Sherbrooke plant, which should create around 40 jobs there.

After several months of speculation, it was confirmed in July that the pork and milling divisions of gardener F. Ménard passed into the hands of Olymel. The latter offered the pig farms of F. Ménard, the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu factory and the establishment of slaughtering, cutting and boning of pork from Ange-Gardien, the factory of further processing specializing in the production of bacon located in Henryville, as well as a fleet of trucks and the two butchers in Saint-Alphonse-de-Granby and Ange-Gardien. On the other hand, the mills based in Saint-Pie-de-Bagot and Ange-Gardien, as well as the facilities for the storage and drying of grains in Sainte-Brigide-d’Iberville have passed into the hands of the other subsidiary of the Federated Coop, Sollio Agriculture.

After several months of speculation, it was confirmed in July that the pork and milling divisions of gardener F. Ménard passed into the hands of Olymel.

In addition, to celebrate its 80 years of existence, Machinage Gagné de Granby has offered itself a big gift: a new factory. The company acquired an industrial building located on rue Laurent to fit out a second machining center and distribute its operations.

Continuing to gain altitude, Atlas Aeronautik will relocate part of its operations to the new section of the Granby industrial park. The company is expected to start construction of a new factory on Arthur-Danis Street in the spring. For the moment, the investment is not quantified. But it is a “huge” project for the company which has a niche very niche in the aeronautical sector, said Wednesday the director general of the SME, Serge Audet.

Companies that stand out

Some business personalities have stood out this year, in particular by obtaining several distinctions highlighting the quality of their products or their organization.

The year started off well for Au Diable Vert, which won honors in the “Canada’s Leading Wilderness Resort” category at the prestigious World Travel Awards in January. What’s more, ObservÉtoiles, the open-air planetarium with augmented reality developed in partnership with National Geographic, has made a splash around the world, spreading Sutton’s business around the world.

In the brewing world, the Dunham Brewery made many salivate by finding themselves in the prestigious international RateBeer Best Awards of the 100 best breweries in the world. The company, which appeared there for the fifth consecutive year, was one of only three Canadian breweries to receive such an honor.

At the same competition, the Granby Vrooden also stood out by appearing at the top of the classification in the category of Bock and Strong Lager beers. Sacred best beer, the Ur-Bock in oak barrels also won the silver medal in its category at the World Beer Awards, which were held in the United Kingdom during the summer. Three other offerings from the microbrewery were also rewarded during this international competition.

Maison Boire de Granby made headlines by becoming one of the first restaurants in the country to obtain LEAF level 3 certification, confirming its excellent environmental practices. In the photo, chef and co-owner Brian Proulx.
Maison Boire de Granby made headlines by becoming one of the first restaurants in the country to obtain LEAF level 3 certification, confirming its excellent environmental practices. In the photo, chef and co-owner Brian Proulx.
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Maison Boire de Granby has made headlines by becoming one of the first restaurants in the country to obtain the prestigious LEAF level 3 certification, confirming best environmental practices. In addition to the establishment on rue Court, the restaurant Chic Alors! de Québec is the only establishment to have obtained level 3 certification. Elsewhere in the country, only three other restaurants have obtained this recognition. In addition, Brian Proulx’s restaurant stood out among 220 nominations for the third Tourism Excellence Awards, presented in Drummondville by the Alliance de l’Industrie Tourisme du Québec, by deferring the grand prize to the Sustainable Tourism Initiative category for its efforts to become eco-responsible and self-sufficient by producing its own basic foods and using other local foods. Finally, the local sommelier, Marc-Antoine Bergeron, was recently crowned champion of a Quebec competition, Battle of the Somm, at the end of a series of eliminatory tests held in recent months.

Companies that are disappearing

Even though 2019 has been a great year for several business personalities in the region, the past year has also had its share of setbacks.

The Délices & Fromages cheese factory, located in the Galeries d’Acton for 30 years, shut down on February 3.

Faced with a large number of complaints from buyers of houses whose construction has never been completed, Les Habitations Novadomus ended their activities in April. The company’s bankruptcy was registered in the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Records Register on April 4. The company’s assets totaled $ 1.33 million while its liabilities were $ 3.92 million. A total of 104 companies were on the list of unsecured creditors.

Businesses reborn

Bankruptcy was also invited to Fabritec in July, following the termination of an important new client. In November, it was announced that the company was taken over by Alain Messier and Sergio Lifraine, who intend to give it a second wind.

Finally, it is impossible to ignore the rebirth of La Voix de l’Est in the form of a cooperative in December. After the bankruptcy of Groupe Capitales Médias was announced in August, the employees of six GCM daily newspapers, including that of rue Dufferin, worked hard to found solidarity cooperatives aimed at continuing to publish newspapers. regional. Of the two offers submitted to the trustee, it was that of the workers who was selected and officially approved one week before Christmas.

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