Lumen breaks ground in Laval with an investment of $100 million

By Rhonda Massad

Quebec’s largest distributor of 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 centre 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 majority of the 260 staff members who work in Pointe Claire actually reside on the North Shore.

“We moved from St. Eustache to Pointe Claire in 2004 and brought most of our staff with us,” he said, “so this will be practical for us.”

Discussions between Laval Technopole, the real estate arm of the city of Laval, began 30 months ago. Two parcels of land were merged together thanks to an association between developers and Loracon Cosoltec, at the junction of Highways 13 and 440. The construction is scheduled to begin immediately. Expected completion is April 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 working out of 102 offices.
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