Montréal, February 25, 2015 – Boccard, a European leader in the design and construction of increasingly innovative state-of-the-art industrial facilities, has set up its Canadian headquarters in Longueuil, Greater Montréal. With a new subsidiary in Canada, Boccard will be able to reduce production lead times and provide Canadian businesses with tailor-made solutions, from engineering to site construction.
“Coming to Canada is a major milestone in our global expansion strategy. We want to be closer to our clients to meet growing demand from businesses,” said Jérémy Jamet, Business Development Officer at Boccard. “The key to our success in Canada lies in the expertise we have developed in France and the team of highly qualified specialists we are working with in Greater Montréal. Combining European technology and North American know-how, we can guarantee Canadian businesses cutting-edge industrial facilities that meet North American standards,” he added.
Boccard’s North American projects include designing and building Chobani’s yogurt plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, in the United States. Completed in less than a year at a cost of $100 million, the facility was named 2013 Food Plant of the Year by the U.S. media. In Canada, Boccard also worked on key projects for Danone, a world leader in fresh dairy products, to increase production capacity at the company’s Boucherville facility.
“We first called Boccard in on a project in 2013 and kept working with them throughout 2014. The synergy that developed between our two teams definitely helped us deliver on time, on budget and up to standard,” said Patrice St-Pierre, Process Engineer at Danone Canada. “In a highly competitive industry such as ours, Boccard’s services make us the best in the business and help us keep up with market trends.”
Montréal International (MI), whose mission is to attract foreign businesses, international organizations and skilled foreign workers to Greater Montréal, supported Boccard throughout the process. “Boccard’s decision to open an office in Greater Montréal is great news for the region’s high-growth industries, including agri-food and pharmaceuticals. Businesses that are constantly looking to update their facilities will definitely benefit from Boccard’s expertise,” said Dominique Anglade, President and CEO of Montréal International. “Danone is the perfect example: A subsidiary of a French company already operating in the region, Danone has partnered with Boccard to increase production capacity. I am proud to see that success breeds success and that working with Danone has made Boccard realize how much Greater Montréal has to offer,” she added.
Greater Montréal is home to 1,235 world-class agri-food businesses that specialize in food and beverage processing and distribution and account for 45,100 jobs. The pharmaceutical industry, with 600 pharmaceutical and healthcare companies that account for 40,000 jobs, is also a major player in the region, making Greater Montréal Canada’s biggest laboratory.
Since 1918, through four generations, Boccard has established itself—in France and abroad—as a major player in the construction of increasingly innovative state-of-the-art industrial facilities. Over the years, Boccard has brought together its expertise in design, engineering, production, manufacturing, construction, assembly, shutdown, maintenance and training to become a leading industrial integrator with over 3,500 partners in 33 countries. Building on its “safety first, on time, on spec, on budget” project management approach, Boccard is recognized as the partner of choice for industrial facility solutions that extend the life of its clients’ investments in the nuclear, oil and gas, energy, food and beverage, brewing, pharma-biotech and cosmetics industries.
Created in 1996, Montréal International is the result of a private-public partnership. Its mission is to act as an economic driver for Greater Montréal to attract foreign wealth while accelerating the success of its partners and clients. Its mandates include attracting foreign direct investments, international organizations and international strategic workers as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal International, a non-profit organization, is funded by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community) and the City of Montréal.