News from Direction
A question of atmosphere
How about inviting your clients to play a game of golf on the roof of your factory? That’s what Frank Rose is planning to do this spring. The president of Atmosphère, a ventilation systems manufacturer in
Terrebonne, likes to boast that he has the biggest private green roof in North America.
«Our main goal was to build a building that would have the least possible impact on the environment. We are very proud of what we have done.»
– Frank Rose, President of Atmosphère
When Frank Rose decided to move his operations from their cramped quarters, he naturally decided on Terrebonne. It was a question of operating costs, but it was also about moving himself and his employees closer to home. Something else he was sure he wanted: to build an environmentally friendly building. “I’ve been thinking about ecology for over six years,” says the business leader.
“I found we were using a lot of boxes in our operations. We started to recuperate all the packaging and send it back to our suppliers so they could reuse it,” he explains. The manager’s environmental conscience guided the construction of his new building: recuperation of surfacewater runoff to supply toilets, geothermal system for air
conditioning, recuperation of construction materials.
Everything was thought of for maximum preservation of the environment. But the final touch was the 46,000 square foot roof – the largest in Québec according to the promoter – and the different types of vegetation grown there. In the spring, the entrepreneur will build a golf driving range for all his employees and clients, a sustainable and original way to make his mark. “When you build ecologically,
you have to do it from conviction, for the environment and future generations, more than from wanting to save money,” states Mr. Rose, who nonetheless estimates a 30% reduction in his yearly energy bill thanks to the green aspects of his factory.
Enthusiastic about Les Moulins
At the heart of the steel hub
The art of limiting transportation
Winner on all fronts
A modern optical laboratory
A motivating environment
Excel-Pac has established itself as a leader in the plastic industry, which has assumed an important position in the region over the past ten years.[Read more]
A favourable position
Entramatic, located in Mascouche, is the only automatic sliding door manufacturer in Canada. It has distinguished itself in the construction industry through innovation.[Read more]
A well-developed regional spirit
Tergel, the gelatine manufacturer, was the source of one of the largest investments of recent years in Terrebonne’s industrial park.[Read more]
Always on the go
Established in the region for 15 years, this SME specializing in building intelligence is one of the beacons of Terrebonne’s new economy. The secret of its success: finding the right support at the right time.[Read more]
Growing up in the region
Eric Taillon was looking for more office space to support the growth of his company. Finally, this founding entrepreneur from the offices of ACT Consultants actuaries became co-owner of a 150,000 sq. ft. building lot in the heart of Terrebonne.[Read more]
A new look at infrastructures
In 1997, Alain Lortie, then unemployed, signed up for a regional program offered by the Community Futures and Development Corporation (CFDC). His profile as an entrepreneur was immediately recognized.[Read more]
Innovate, improve, commercialize
Reviewing a company’s production processes from top to bottom can result in appreciable gains. GMR Safety, a designer of industrial safety systems, improved its productivity by 40% by reviewing all its operations, from administration to corporate image.[Read more]
Refocusing business strategy
When Normand Lord purchased Nita Equipment, a printing equipment firm, in 2002, he faced a sizeable challenge. He had to turn around the financial situation and make the product line more competitive.[Read more]
In 2003, Plasticase faced a major challenge: to combine its two plants located one hundred kilometres apart, one in Berthierville, the other in Montréal. “Terrebonne was halfway between the two. It was a good solution for our employees,” declares Jean-Pierre Grenier, President of the firm.[Read more]
For Jean-Marc Brien, retirement did not end his passion for business. The former owner of a large hardware store in Mascouche continues to contribute to the economic growth of the region by helping young entrepreneurs spread their wings and by investing in projects he believes in.[Read more]
A technological showcase for recycling
The recycling centre in Terrebonne could soon become the first LEED building in the MRC des Moulins. The plant built in 2008 by Tricentris is meant to be a technological and environmental showcase, as well as a source of inspiration for other companies.[Read more]
Since January 2008, Industries Mailhot has embarked on a vast program of sustainable development. One of its elements: eco-design, a growing trend among industrial equipment manufacturers.[Read more]
Concrete: King of sustainable materials
Ecological and versatile, precast concrete tops the list of sustainable materials. Saramac, one of Québec’s principal manufacturers of concrete architectural panels, is taking part in this green shift. And it began by cleaning up its own backyard.[Read more]
The SQ goes green
The construction of the new Sûreté du Québec Headquarters is set to start in Mascouche. This 25 million dollar environmentally oriented project will be built in a new growth sector, close to the new viaduct and the future commuter train station, at the intersection of highways
25 and 640.
More eco-responsible industrial buildings
Groupe Montoni is a pioneer in environmentally friendly industrial building, a sector in which green construction is in the early stages.[Read more]
The log cabin reinvented
Innovation sometimes appears where it’s least expected. What could be more traditional than the log cabin? Timber Block took the challenge to find a new approach to this ancestral construction method by making it energy efficient and eco-friendly.[Read more]
Stop viruses and bacteria
The health industry is flourishing. Noveko, of Terrebonne, is well positioned in this competitive sector thanks to a path-breaking technology that destroys the microbes in air filters and face masks.[Read more]
The Swiss knife of heavy equipment
Imagine a multifunctional tool that is installed on the end of a
mechanical arm. The PicBucket, invented by two PowerTech engineers, has what it takes to be a world-class product.
extensive knowledge of surfaces
Metal friction is a state-of-the-art specialty in which a few rare businesses make their mark. TS Lab, the high tech laboratory dealing in surface engineering, is one of these.[Read more]
Hotbed of talent: The case of Xpertdoc
The Carrefour de la nouvelle économie (CNÉ) has just completed its fifth phase of development in Terrebonne. The innovative businesses in the region now have 150 000 square feet of spaces devoted to state-of-the-art activities.[Read more]
Find the key for your projects
Innovative businesses find in Les Moulins the vital support to fully develop their projects, thanks to a tightly knit economic fabric and resources ready to put the shoulder to the wheel. For Smartlock, the inventor of the intelligent lock, this help made it possible to
open many doors.
Business is in the bag with NELMAR
The world leader in security packaging systems, Nelmar
makes high-tech bags worthy of the film Mission Impossible.
In Terrebonne, the business found a building site conducive
to pursuing its development.
The idea that cliked
At 34, Marion Duchesne personifies the new entrepreneurial
guard that is flourishing in MRC Les Moulins: young and
dynamic, a reflection of the region where she lives and
where she founded her company, Médiaclip.
A dream become a reality
They dreamed about it. Six years later, the reality surpasses the imagination of the founders of Groupe APL. The Carrefour de la nouvelle économie (CNÉ) has just delivered its phase IV and is preparing a fifth phase. Spotlight on a business incubator where innovative businesses can thrive.[Read more]
A giant at the heart of the action
What does a distribution centre need most to be efficient? Roads! For Pierre Pelletier, Vice-President of Logistics and Development at RONA, the equation is simple: give him an efficient highway system and he will put in place an infallible distribution system. “We need a distribution centre located close to major highways so our truck trailers can rapidly reach our markets in eastern Quebec and Ontario.”
After studying several locations north of Montreal, RONA executives chose Terrebonne to establish this state-of-the-art handling, trans-shipment and palletization centre.[Read more]