Hervé Pomerleau knows he is an entrepreneur at heart. So in 1964, he seizes the opportunity to go into business with five employees. Two years later, he incorporates his company, Hervé Pomerleau Inc. The guiding principles he instills from the beginning are the same ones that govern the company today: innovation, hard work, a focus on quality and most importantly, strong relationships—with employees, clients and partners.
Annual sales increase from $18,000 in 1964 to $1.6M in 1969.
A decade of growth
The 1970s are characterized by growth and Pomerleau’s reputation as a seasoned construction company flourishes. Within 10 years of its founding, Pomerleau becomes one of the two largest builders of regional shopping centres in Quebec using the design-build delivery method. It even takes this expertise to Newfoundland. Pomerleau also begins building regional administrative centres for Hydro-Québec under the design-build-lease formula, a precursor to the current public-private partnership. As it grows, Pomerleau diversifies and focuses on vertical integration, creating companies to complete its offering.
Sales are close to $50M.
Presence in Quebec’s major centres
This decade is defined by an explosion in the construction market. For Pomerleau, it begins and ends with the opening of two offices: Montreal in 1980 and Quebec City in 1988. Along with the acquisition of several companies, this secures Pomerleau’s leadership position in the province. Major contracts follow and, by 1986, Pomerleau is ranked the #1 general contractor in Quebec, a position it holds to this day.
Over $320M in sales.
Highs and lows
The 1990s started with the granting of major contracts using new types of contracting methods. Client relationships evolved to become true partnerships. However, the company faced difficulties and had to enter survival mode; reorganization, restructuring and the sale of divisions became the norm to survive the recession. In parallel, a Board of Directors was created. Hervé’s sons, Pierre and Francis, both of whom held engineering degrees and MBAs, took the wheel.
Wins its 1000th contract: the Intermunicipal Wastewater Treatment Plant in St-Nicolas, QC.
Sales at $252M.
Building on core competencies
Pomerleau starts the new millennium with the wind in its sails. This decade is characterized by solid growth resulting from expanded geographic markets and new expertise. The company leaves its mark by undertaking, alone or in partnership, the most significant projects in Quebec and elsewhere. By the end of the decade, Pomerleau is carrying out projects in six provinces.
Settles permanently in the Atlantic provinces by opening an office in Halifax, NS.
Work begins on the hydroelectric power plant in Péribonka, QC.
Acquires the assets and staff of Genivar Construction Inc., a division of Genivar Inc.
Sales reach $734M.
Blazing the innovation trail
Pomerleau continues on its path of expansion. Growth is heralded by opening the Toronto (ON) and St. John’s (NL) offices and acquiring five companies. Pomerleau realizes that the technology revolution is an industry game-changer and vows to lead the charge. The company bolsters worksite health and safety efforts by investing in a corporate-wide training and awareness program.
Solid and dynamic
With 50 years of expertise, knowledge and integrity, Pomerleau is ready to face tomorrow’s challenges. A leader in Canada’s construction industry and among the top 10 contractors in the country, it is present coast-to-coast.
Pomerleau will continue to find ways to innovate and bring sophistication to construction. Our focus is on transforming our clients’ visions into reality and building long-lasting partnerships.
Half a century later, the company’s greatest achievement remains its employees. These dedicated professionals enable Pomerleau to manage more than 125 construction sites simultaneously while upholding its solid reputation as a reliable and safety-driven company.
Lands contract to refurbish the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal.
Sales of $1.7 billion in 2015; expected to reach $1.8 billion in 2016