BROMONT, Que. – Canadian cabinet manufacturer Armoires Fabritec will receive more than $18 million in loans from the Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada to help finance a $50 million expansion to increase production capacity at its plant in Bromont, Quebec.
The $50 million expansion is projected to create 530 jobs over the next five years. Armoires Fabritec is among the largest kitchen manufacturers in Canada, with 533 employees and a combined plant size of approximately 1 million square feet.
Founded in 1983 by Clovis Bourgeois, the Quebec-based Armoires Fabritec produces more than 250 kitchens per day for sale throughout North America. In addition to the Bromont facility, a second plant in Mont-Joli is optimized for the production of standard cabinet boxes.
The $18 million in government funding includes a $10 million loan under the ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation’s ESSOR program, a $3.3 million loan from Investissement Quebec’s funds, a repayable contribution of $2 million from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) and a $3.3 million commercial financing loan from Export Development Canada (EDC).
“We believe that the manufacturing industry has to focus on innovation and adopt new technologies to become more competitive and increase exports, and this is what Armoires Fabritec is doing," said the Honorable Denis Paradis, Member of Parliament for Brome-Missisquoi. "By encouraging enterprises to innovate, we are stimulating economic growth and enabling all Canadians to improve their skills, obtain better jobs and benefit from more opportunities. That is why the Government of Canada is proud to support this large-scale project, which will have a positive impact on Bromont and on Quebec as a whole,” Paradis added.
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"Quebec businesses are conquerors, and Armoires Fabritec is a very good example of this," added Dominique Anglade, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy. "The company has won some major contracts from the U.S., notably with Home Depot, which will considerably increase its U.S. exports."
Kitchen cabinetry as well as bathroom vanities are manufactured by the company.
“New technologies are changing modern manufacturing by reducing production costs, increasing productivity and allowing for the creation of innovative products," said aid the Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED. "Government of Canada initiatives like the Innovation and Skills Plan are helping shape existing markets and create new ones, thus opening new opportunities for Canadian businesses. Together we are creating well-paid jobs for the future and strengthening the middle class,” Bains added.
“The manufacturing sector has a substantial impact on Quebec’s economic vitality, and global competition is fierce. To keep abreast of, and even surpass, their competitors, our manufacturing enterprises need to increase their competitiveness and productivity. Armoires Fabritec is a company that has clearly understood the importance of going digital, and its investments are eloquent proof of this. At Investissement Quebec, we welcome projects like this with open arms, especially those that showcase Quebec’s expertise on the world stage,” said Pierre Gabriel Côté, president and CEO, Investissement Quebec.
Added Alexandre Faria, regional vice-president, Quebec Region, for EDC, “Supporting Armoires Fabritec with commercial financing goes to the heart of what EDC does to help small companies go, grow and succeed abroad. EDC’s role is to support Canadian companies of all shapes and sizes so that they can seize exporting opportunities that help create Canadian jobs and economic growth. This is what Armoires Fabritec does, and we are honored to be a part of its current and future success.”
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