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From its modest beginnings to the renowned company it is today, we invite you to follow the journey of Empire Canada in a few key dates.


From his garage, Jean-Marc Beaudin, President of Empire Canada, starts up the company with a partner. The budget is only $2,000 but Empire Canada has some major assets going for it: extensive knowledge of the field, solid contacts with several clients and suppliers, a good dose of expertise, and plenty of energy.

After the first year of operation, the partner quits. Jean-Marc Beaudin continues to run the company on his own. Empire Canada soon begins to enjoy great success, and the company moves to a “real” 4,000 sq. ft. facility on Thimens Boulevard in Ville Saint-Laurent. This move marks the first stage in the company’s development, as it gradually begins to broaden its client base and hire new employees.

Growth continues and Empire Canada moves to its current address, on Guénette Street in Ville Saint-Laurent. The company now has 15 employees, 250 clients, and 200 suppliers. The new location is more spacious, with a surface area of 7,000 sq. ft.

Carole Moreau, CGA, today, Vice-President and shareholder at Empire Canada, joins the firm as Controller; she brings with her a knowledge of accounting, administration, and finance that strengthens the company’s structure and ensures highly organized purchasing, inventory, and warehousing practices.

Empire Canada becomes a member of a purchasing collective called Octo Purchasing Group, giving the company access to some 400 suppliers across Canada. This membership allows Empire to significantly increase its inventory, which today includes over 20,000 products.

Empire Canada takes control of Distribution MJ, a company in the Granby region specialized in heating and ventilation products. With this acquisition, the company diversifies its offerings and broadens its client base.

Empire Canada employs a staff of some thirty competent and devoted employees, and has a fleet of seven trucks. Its facilities in Ville-Saint-Laurent and Saint-Alphonse-de-Granby cover a total of 26,000 sq. ft., and house a showroom as well as two parts-departments, in addition to offices. From 1990 to 2010, the company more than tripled its turnover but its philosophy remains the same: providing its customers with excellent service in a timely manner.