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Moving from strength to strength since 1974

1974

Claude Marchand founds Les Excavations Marchand & fils (EMF) in Victoriaville benefiting from the real estate boom and many contracts from residential housing contractors.

1976

In need of more space, EMF sets up shop in a new garage at 345 Cartier Street.

1982

A turning point for the company, EMF is awarded a road rehabilitation contract for a stretch of Rang 6, from Saint-Rosaire to Defoy.

1985

The company is expanding, and requires new, more spacious offices for the business to run more efficiently.

1986

Claude Marchand sells the business to his sons Jean, Yves and Jacques. The company is flourishing and continues to grow.

1988

The Marchand brothers acquire Transport Eastern.

1989-1990

EMF makes first move into the far north with a contract to provide earthwork and foundation construction services for the Laforge-1 Airport in James Bay.

1990

EMF starts earthwork and foundation work at Fontanges Airport in James Bay.

Growing rapidly, the company once again needs to expand its offices.

1991

EMF lands a major contract for the construction of Highway 389 (Manic-2).

1991-1992

Contracts from the public sector are flowing in. EMF undertakes construction of roads and bridges in Témiscaming.

1993

The far north sees the construction of the access road to the Cree village of Eastmain. For EMF business is booming.

1994-1995

Major earthwork, road work and bridge construction are carried out on Highway 265 to Bernierville (now Saint-Ferdinand).

1995

Jean Marchand becomes president of the Quebec road builders and heavy construction association (ACRGTQ).

1995-1996

EMF is awarded contract for wastewater treatment and interception for the town of Amos.

1996

In partnership with Renald Leclerc, EMF founds Pavage Centre Sud du Québec specializing in the production and installation of asphalt.

EMF undertakes work involving the treatment and interception of wastewater for the towns of Chandler, Pabos and Pabos-Mills.

1997

The company builds a wastewater treatment plant in Blainville and Boisbriand.

EMF also builds a bridge on Highway 255 to Shipton.

Béton Asbestos is founded.

1998-2000

EMF carves a place for itself in the industrial market by helping to build the Magnola plant in Asbestos.

2001-2002

EMF is involved in the construction of a terephthalic acid plant in Montreal for Interquisa Canada L.P.

2002

EMF acquires André Cyrenne Inc. and creates the Bécancour division to exploit opportunities associated with the Bécancour industrial park and port.

2002-2003

EMF is involved in the construction of a polytrimethylene plant for PTT Poly Canada.

2003

Béton Asbestos is shut down.

The company undertakes wastewater treatment and urban road projects for the municipality of Saint-Georges-de-Windsor.

2004

EMF undertakes site preparation for the Bécancour cogeneration plant project.

2005-2006

EMF carries out wastewater treatment and urban road projects for the municipality of Saint-Gilles-de-Lotbinière.

2007

EMF builds road to Rupert for the Eastmain-1-A-Sarcelle-Rupert project.

2007-2009

EMF is part of a joint venture that builds dikes and dams for the Eastmain-1-A-Sarcelle-Rupert project.

2008

EMF's garage facilities, specifically the machine shop, welding shop and parts warehouse, are considerably expanded to accommodate the company’s ever increasing business volume and fleet of equipment.

2009-2011

EMF lands a cement concrete supply contract for the Sarcelle powerhouse.

2010-2011

EMF performs excavation work for the Romaine-2 hydroelectric power plant.

EMF builds a footbridge over the Bulstrode River in Victoriaville.

2011

EMF manufactures concrete for ArcelorMittal in Fermont.

It is contracted to repair the retaining wall on Jutras Boulevard in Victoriaville and build a bike path.

2012

The Marchand brothers Yves, Jean and Jacques acquire a majority interest in Blais & Langlois Inc. of Matagami.

The company expands its office space to accommodate the larger team.

2013 – 2015

EMF relocates 10.3 km of Highway 112 in Thetford Mines.

EMF manufactures asphalt concrete for the Romaine-1 dam from 2014 to 2015.

2014 – 2017

EMF manufactures concrete for the Romaine-3 hydroelectric development project.

2014

Yves Marchand retires after 40 years of dedicated service to the company.

The company now officially has the following team at the helm:

  • Hugues, Vice-President, EMF
  • Jean-François, Vice-President, Blais & Langlois
  • Guillaume, Vice-President, Pavage Centre-Sud du Québec

2015

The Marchand is proud to be a recipient of the Panthéon de la Performance Award in the “Builder” category from the Bois-Francs-Érable Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

2015 – 2016

EMF takes its expertise to Churchill Falls, Labrador, to manufacture concrete for the construction of an electric substation.

2016

EMF penetrates the Ontario market with a rock crushing project at the Detour Lake gold mine in northeastern Ontario.