Vulcan Machines Works is founded in Saint-Jérôme by Mr. Camille Desjardins and his three sons, Edgar, Georges and Réjean.
Management buys land in the Saint-Jérôme industrial park and constructs a 22,500 square foot building.
In October, production employees are granted union certification with the United Steelworkers of America and a first contract is signed in 1975.
Vulcan Machines Works opts for corporate name francization and becomes Produits de Métal Vulcain Inc.
The company goes through a stage of significant growth. The business is modernized and $1.2 million are invested to acquire new equipment and to expand by adding an additional 20,000 square feet.
The company is granted ISO 9002 certification, a quality standard that is increasingly required within the industry. Vulcain Metal becomes established as a leading supplier for subcontracted manufacturing of metal parts and components in the heavy and specialty vehicle industry.
Polar Capital recently negotiated a very lucrative contract for supplying metal parts and components to Paccar. It is better for them to buy Vulcan Metal than to build a new factory.
Company directors Doug McDougall, Serge Desjardins and Chantale Blouin share 50% of the shares with Polar Capital. Then, the company reaches its peak at 180 employees and a 32 million dollar revenue. Doug McDougall leaves Vulcain in 2007.
Serge Desjardins buys Chantale's shares and Luc Lusignan, a former production engineer in the company and a man who will come to be known as the prodigal son, returns as a shareholder. Luc leads the company with strength and passion to maintain Vulcain Metal's success.
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