Major investment in Milette Doors!
Milette Doors has just finished installing a brand new log breakdown line, involving an investment of more than $2.4 million.
Major investment in Milette Doors!October 19th 2017
Strong growth in recent years prompts company to modernize equipment
St-Boniface, October 19, 2017 – Milette Doors has just finished installing a brand new log breakdown line, involving an investment of more than $2.4 million.
This is the culmination of a project that required months of work using the most recent industrial vision technology.
Period of strong growth
The wood door manufacturer is growing rapidly, and demand for its products is so high that the company can barely meet it.
American market-driven efforts have led to this investment, which was made in partnership with Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED), National Bank and Investissement Québec.
Commercialization efforts south of the border are starting to produce results that are likely to further support the company’s growth. A strategic alliance with another Canadian manufacturer points to a major breakthrough in the United States.
Latest generation equipment
This project is the result of a partnership between two equipment manufacturers: System TM, based in Denmark, which specializes in wood handling systems, and Microtec, a scanning and information processing firm whose head office is in Italy. Milette Doors is the first Canadian
company to benefit from this combined expertise.
The new breakdown line has two key elements: a scanner and a high-speed chop saw. Every wood plank that goes through the breakdown line is scrutinized by the scanner, then cut by the chop saw according to the scanner’s instructions.
The scanner analyzes the size, colour and position of knots on lumber at over 300 feet/minute.
With 12 HD cameras, 3 on each side, Microtec’s Goldeneye 300 scanner optimizes wood cutting and significantly increases the yield at the exit.
This results in better use of the resource and considerable reduction in wood loss and waste.
Once cut, the wood is classified and sorted using an algorithm developed according to pre-established selection criteria. Each piece is then ejected through a chute, which groups only identical pieces or those that meet the same sorting criteria.
The acquisition of this equipment will also help Milette Doors ensure sufficient capacity to meet demand for many years to come. As for the funding package, CED awarded a repayable contribution of nearly $1 million, Investissement Québec is granting $240,000 through the Immigrant Investor Program to which an investment tax credit of $280,000 is added. A commercial loan from National Bank completes the project’s funding package.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice–Champlain and Minister of International Trade, is very pleased with the success and growth of this family-owned SME in Mauricie. “Here is an innovative business that invested in leading-edge technology to foster growth. Our government strongly supports enterprises like Milette Doors, which are bold and visionary in developing markets and increasing productivity.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED, feels the same way. “By investing $946,076 in new equipment for Milette Doors, the Government of Canada is standing by its commitments and helping businesses expand, innovate and export their products so that they can create high-quality jobs and ensure a prosperous Canadian economy.”
Succession and employer of choice
Founded in 1967, the business now has a structure that will ensure its sustainability. Two of the founder’s children, now co-chairs, share the same values and intentions regarding the management of Milette Doors and its future. A streamlined decision-making structure allows for quick response to market needs. With an average of 20 years of experience, the leaders of the management team stayed the course during the transition years, and now that they are back at the helm, they are honouring the past and, together, looking toward a most promising future.
Because of its humane and transparent management values, the manufacturing SME is very proud to have been nominated for the next distinction awards gala of the Shawinigan Chamber of Commerce in the “Employer of Choice” category.
This is a positive asset in that Milette Doors, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is currently hiring.
There is a significant need for workers, and growth over the past few months has made this more palpable.
Milette Doors is on a roll and continues to be a leader in the wood door industry.
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Guy Roy, Director General
819-535- 5588, extension 223