By Rhonda Massad
Quebec’s largest distributor in electrical material is moving their head office and distribution centre to Laval with an investment of $100 million.
Currently located in Pointe Claire, Quebec, Lumen plans to build its new distribution centre on close to one million square feet of land. The structure will house an administration center of 80,000 sq. ft. and a warehouse of 305,000 sq. ft. The site also allows for possible expansion of 140,000 sq. ft.
Martin Fournier Lumen’s project manager explained in an interview with The Suburban that the main reason for moving out of Pointe Claire is a lack of space.
“We moved from St. Eustache to Pointe Claire in 2004, now we are moving to Laval simply because we could not find adequate space in Pointe Claire,” he explained, “we expect most of our 260 employees to remain with us through the move.”
Two parcels of land in Laval were merged together thanks to an association between developers and Loracon Cosoltec, at the junction of highways 13 and the 440. The construction is scheduled to begin immediately. Expected completion is April 2015.
According to Fournier operations will move at the end of summer 2015.
Lumen, a member of the Sonepar Group, the world’s largest privately-held electrical distributor, was established in 1962. It was acquired by Sonepar in 1984.
Today, Lumen has over 575 employees across Quebec, including a team of representatives and consultants specialized in a large range of fields, including automation, industrial wiring, lighting, tooling, occupational health and safety, e-commerce, communication networks, process control, and engine controls.
In Canada, Sonepar has over 1,800 employees.