Two Drummondville companies honored at Le Manufacturier gala

THE BUSINESS. Soprema and CVTech-IBC won an award at the Le Manufacturier gala on April 27.

Presented at the Interactive Convention and Events Center (CECi) in Trois-Rivières, in front of various manufacturers and dignitaries, the Gala awarded the excellence of the practices of manufacturing companies operating in the territories of Mauritie and Centre-du-Québec in nine categories, in addition to highlight the exceptional contribution of one of them to the region’s economy with the grand prize “Constructor”. This award was given to the Lemaire de Cascades family.

Thus, Soprema was the winner in the “Sustainable Development” category. Then CVTech-IBC won the award in the “International Influence” category.

CVTech-IBC was awarded in the “International Influence” category. (Photo courtesy of Photo Buzz)

The “Builder” award, given by Desjardins Entreprises, was given to the Lemaire family, represented by Alain Lemaire, co-founder and executive chairman of the Cascades board of directors, based in Kingsey Falls, Central – du-Québec and whose packaging division of cardboard is located on rue Janelle in Drummondville. This award highlights the company’s significant contribution to the economy of the Mauritie region and Centre-du-Québec and its influence beyond Quebec. “The Lemaire family is the source of growth for the international company that Cascades has become. The brothers Bernard Laurent and Alain, thanks to their qualities as men of action, led this flagship of Quebec, where it is currently located, among the largest in the sector with worldwide influence”, said the president of the organizing committee. , Cyrille Morvan.

“Nearly 60 years ago, my brothers and I embarked on this great adventure that would become our entire lives. Accompanied by thousands of Cascadeuses and Cascadeurs, since then we have constantly sought to go beyond the limits of our business practices so that they are always more respectful of the environments where we are established, such as in Centre-du-Québec, the cradle of our business. We are very honored by the recognition that is offered to us today and we share it with our employees and partners, sources of all our success”, said Alain Lemaire, co-founder and executive chairman of the board of directors of Cascades.

After having postponed the 2021 edition, the organizing committee innovated for the 2022 gala as a robot played host to the awards ceremony. The robot, made by Sir Steward in Drummondville, brought the envelope with the names of the winners and presented the trophy to the honored entrepreneurs. This very special award ceremony surprised more than one. “We wanted to bring something new to the Gala and I think it worked! The robot’s arrival on stage was unexpected and we can say that it stole the show for a few minutes! Les Manufacturiers Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec are companies of the future that must adapt to new technologies, especially with the shortage of manpower. The robot’s wink was made accordingly. Innovation really has its place in the industry and companies are adapting,” explained Mr. Morvan.

The event was held under the honorary presidency of Ms. Chantal Soucy, Vice President of Soucy Enterprises, based in Drummondville, a company that won the Builder Prize at the last edition of the Gala in 2019. Working in the manufacturing sector alongside her father since she was very young, Chantal Soucy has worked for Soucy companies for a long time. over 27 years. She, in turn, has held key positions in graphic design, personnel and business management, thanks to her studies in industrial relations and communication. In 2012, she was appointed director and member of the board of directors of Soucy companies, with the mandate to ensure the good management of companies, exercising her leadership through strategic, financial and legal organizational functions.

NGA Construction, from Drummondville, also competed for the “Sustainable Development” award, won by Soprema. (LPS)

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