History

Usine Métalus

Métalus facility

The Poinçonnage Rasakti company was founded in 1988. Engaged in the field of component prototyping for the aeronautical sector and in sheet metal transformation, it employed about 5 workers and operated in a 5,000 sq. ft. building located in Drummondville.

Poinçonnage Rasakti was acquired in 1995 by the A. Girardin Inc. group, a manufacturer of school and commercial minibus. Thus was born MÉTALUS Inc.

In the first post-acquisition year, in addition to its main activities in the field of aeronautics, MÉTALUS focused its efforts on the manufacturing of various minibus parts.

In 1999 – 2000, as the business was expanding and in order to implement its production diversification strategy, MÉTALUS built a 50,000 square foot facility at 675 Rocheleau Street in Drummondville.

In 2003, from an objective based mainly on sales growth from 2000 to 2002, the emphasis was shifted to the implementation of a culture of continuous improvement of its business and production processes.

Over the years, MÉTALUS has become a Quebec-based leading-edge organization specializing in sheet metal transformation. MÉTALUS is involved mainly, as a subcontractor, in the manufacture of products on behalf of various customers such as: Girardin Minibus, Siemens Canada, Bombardier, Ambulance Demers, Cascades. In 2003, the company had close to ninety (90) employees.

Certified ISO 9002 in 1994, the management of its quality system has been entrusted to an external consulting firm since October 2001, thus allowing MÉTALUS to devote its time to its primary mission, that of manufacturing.

In the year 2003, the company decided to complete the transition to ISO 9000:2000.

In 2008, MÉTALUS was acquired internally by three members of the Executive Committee to ensure continuity.

In June 2012, Métalus bought Metal Grenier, to answer a need generated by a sustained demand from its current customers to increase its production capacity. The purchase of another plant seemed to be the ultimate way to achieve this goal.

With these actions, MÉTALUS wishes to provide its current and future customers with added value, in order to offer quality products that are ever more competitive in terms of price.

The mission put forward by MÉTALUS will enable the company, as well as its employees, to once again achieve sustained growth in the years to come.