Moving from strength to strength since 1974
Claude Marchand founds Les Excavations Marchand & fils (EMF) in Victoriaville benefiting from the real estate boom and many contracts from residential housing contractors.
In need of more space, EMF sets up shop in a new garage at 345 Cartier Street.
A turning point for the company, EMF is awarded a road rehabilitation contract for a stretch of Rang 6, from Saint-Rosaire to Defoy.
The company is expanding, and requires new, more spacious offices for the business to run more efficiently.
Claude Marchand sells the business to his sons Jean, Yves and Jacques. The company is flourishing and continues to grow.
The Marchand brothers acquire Transport Eastern.
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.
EMF starts earthwork and foundation work at Fontanges Airport in James Bay.
Growing rapidly, the company once again needs to expand its offices.
EMF lands a major contract for the construction of Highway 389 (Manic-2).
Contracts from the public sector are flowing in. EMF undertakes construction of roads and bridges in Témiscaming.
The far north sees the construction of the access road to the Cree village of Eastmain. For EMF business is booming.
Major earthwork, road work and bridge construction are carried out on Highway 265 to Bernierville (now Saint-Ferdinand).
Jean Marchand becomes president of the Quebec road builders and heavy construction association (ACRGTQ).
EMF is awarded contract for wastewater treatment and interception for the town of Amos.
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.
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.
EMF carves a place for itself in the industrial market by helping to build the Magnola plant in Asbestos.
EMF is involved in the construction of a terephthalic acid plant in Montreal for Interquisa Canada L.P.
EMF acquires André Cyrenne Inc. and creates the Bécancour division to exploit opportunities associated with the Bécancour industrial park and port.
EMF is involved in the construction of a polytrimethylene plant for PTT Poly Canada.
Béton Asbestos is shut down.
The company undertakes wastewater treatment and urban road projects for the municipality of Saint-Georges-de-Windsor.
EMF undertakes site preparation for the Bécancour cogeneration plant project.
EMF carries out wastewater treatment and urban road projects for the municipality of Saint-Gilles-de-Lotbinière.
EMF builds road to Rupert for the Eastmain-1-A-Sarcelle-Rupert project.
EMF is part of a joint venture that builds dikes and dams for the Eastmain-1-A-Sarcelle-Rupert project.
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.
EMF lands a cement concrete supply contract for the Sarcelle powerhouse.
EMF performs excavation work for the Romaine-2 hydroelectric power plant.
EMF builds a footbridge over the Bulstrode River in Victoriaville.
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.
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.
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
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.
EMF penetrates the Ontario market with a rock crushing project at the Detour Lake gold mine in northeastern Ontario.