Construction, pre-construction services
Markets: Quebec, Ontario, Atlantic Canada
Number of employees: 1,000
President: Pierre Pomerleau
Building on a history of success
When businesses pare back expansion plans and consumers hold off on spending, as they do during recessions, construction is usually one of the hardest hit sectors. However Pomerleau Inc., one of Quebec’s biggest builders, has been weathering the storm well.
“Government infrastructure spending is really helping us out,” admits Pierre Pomerleau, the company’s president. “The construction sector, which accounts for between 10 per cent and 12 per cent of employment in most provinces, does not get the visibility it deserves. However many recently announced initiatives are having a real effect.”
Pomerleau Inc., which was founded by Pierre Pomerleau’s father Hervé in 1966, offers construction and pre-construction services, ranging from project planning and design management, to budgeting and scheduling, to the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors.
Pomerleau attributes much of the company’s recent success to its timely diversification from private sector initiatives to more public sector projects such as the $250 million Société de Transport de l’Outaouais bus station, the $200 million Montreal Casino renovation and the building of renewable energy projects such wind farms. However Pomerleau’s operational effectiveness is also a key contributor. “The market is extremely competitive,” said Pomerleau. “So we need to stand out not just in terms of cost, but also in terms of the service quality that we offer.”
If Pomerleau’s optimistic forecasts are any indication, the company seems to be on the right track. “We have a good order backlog,” says Pomerleau. “As a result, we expect sales to jump by at least $200 million next year (from $750 million) and have hired many young staff to prepare for the upsurge in work.”
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