Founded in 1999, Les Entreprises Interco has everything to succeed; a niche product, innovative ideas and a team ready to take on any challenge.
“Interco was born from a first acquisition in 1999, when I was 23 years old. Three years later, I bought three competitors, ” says Éric Fafard, President-Founder. In 2004, the company purchased its first of five of the industry’s highest performing automated pallet nailers. This is, moreover, one of the key factors in Interco’s success. “ Our strength is to be able to count on very good employees and machines at the cutting edge of technology. This is what allows us to offer fast service as well as a product that meets the highest standards ”.
It is not without reason that this company specializing in the manufacture of custom pallets has won industrial merit from the Drummond Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the title of the company of the year for the competition. ÉLAN CAE Drummond from the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Drummondville in 2010.
In 2009, an investment of $ 4 million was injected in order to position the company advantageously on the market. “We were really cramped in our old 24,000 sq. Ft. Facility in St-Germain-de-Grantham. We have experienced multiple expansions but we needed more. We could no longer develop new markets. This is why we moved to St-Eugène in a 100,000 sq. Ft. Factory with more than one million sq. Ft. Of land on the edge of Highway 20, ”says Mr. Fafard. In addition to this move, Interco has spent several thousand dollars to acquire new machinery to improve its productivity. In particular, they added 2 heat treatment units in order to develop the market for pallets intended for export. “These run on biomass from our sawing and grinding residues, which gives a second life to the old pallets that we recover. This approach has enabled us to become a company which respects the environment more. We are proud to say that we are the only ones in Quebec to use this process ”.
The move combined with the acquisition of additional machinery has enabled the company to keep its raw material as well as the finished products inside, which is greatly appreciated by its customers. The use of an integrated management software package together with trained production personnel ensures superior build quality as well as rapid availability.
After more than 9 million invested since his beginnings, this entrepreneur has no shortage of visions and is still thinking of new projects. The future looks very promising for Interco.