2 plants in the province of Quebec: One in Chertsey, in the Lanaudière region, and one in St-Faustin-Lac-Carré, in the Laurentides region. Our two plants are part of the five most optimised plants in the province of Quebec;
325 jobs in the Lanaudière and Laurentides regions, including forest operation and transport;
70 %: Volume of production towards the local market;
2008: Groupe Crête obtains the FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) certification;
55 millions MPP: Transformation capacity on a work shift in the Chertsey plant;
120 million MPP: Transformation capacity on two work shifts in the St-Faustin plant.
The Crête family started in the sector of softwood lumber in 1949 in the Mauricie region, developing within the company founded by Mr. Gérard Crête: Gérard Crête et fils inc. The company experiences a strong growth and quickly becomes a major economic engine in the Mauricie region, where most of the plants are located.
In 1970, the company expands its activities to the United Sates under the name Pleasant River Lumber inc., where a softwood transformation plant is operated in the Maine.
A wind of change
In September 2006, Gérard Crête et fils is sold to the company Kruger inc. The business Groupe Crête inc. is thus created, with Mr. Martin Crête as its president. His son, Mr. Sébastien Crête, holds the position of General Director. During the summer of 2009, Groupe Crête acquires the sawmill Jean Riopel inc., located in Chertsey in the Lanaudière region, followed by the acquisition, in March 2011, of the softwood transformation plant in St-Faustin-Lac-Carré in the Laurentides region. In 2012, they both become part of the select group of the five most optimised plants in the province of Quebec.
Groupe Crête today
Today, Groupe Crête is an undisputed leader in the industry of value-added wood transformation. Groupe Crête inc. currently owns two subsidiaries: Groupe Crête division Riopel inc. and Groupe Crête division St-Faustin inc.
As a leading economic engine, Groupe Crête ensures the maintaining of 325 jobs in the Lanaudière and the Laurentides regions. Its products are mainly aimed towards the Quebec market, but are also sold in Ontario and in the United States.