For more about 25 years GMR Safety has distinguished itself by its extensive industry knowledge, its ability to understand its customers and its inexhaustible capacity for innovation in the development of robust, durable, simple and easy-to-use solutions for securing loading docks in warehouses.
Specifically, the company has experienced exponential growth over the last three years! After recording sales growth of 30% to 40% in 2017 and 2018, sales literally exploded in 2018 and GMR Safety achieved a 70% increase in its total sales! All this was made possible by expanding its operations in 16 new countries since 2017, with a strong focus on North America and Europe. Today GMR Safety is present in more than 25 countries, holds several international patents and continues to grow as a world leader in its field.
INCREASING ITS PRODUCTION CAPACITY
In order to maintain this unprecedented growth, GMR Safety is taking the next step and is now building a facility that will reflect this development. The company is investing nearly $6 million (CAD) to expand the company's facility with an additional 3,255 sq. meters (35,000 sq.ft.) to be added to the existing 1,400 sq. meters (15,000 sq.ft.) of the current headquarters. "An ergonomic redesign of the work areas has been planned to support our expansion, as well as relaxation areas to increase employee involvement," said Gaétan Jetté, President of GMR Safety.
The new building will be constructed on the site already owned by the company. It has been entrusted to Première for the design and construction of the project and to Groupe Progima, an engineering firm made up of multidisciplinary experts, whose mission was to create an environment that would better meet the requirements of GMR Safety's increased business growth. The new industrial complex of GMR Safety will implement many elements of high technology. First of all, for the first time in an industrial environment in the Lanaudière region of Canada, where GMR Safety's headquarters are located, an air conditioning system will be installed for an entire plant, including the production area, which will allow an ideal temperature to be maintained throughout the plant, all year round. Also planned are conference and multimedia training rooms, creative rooms, administrative offices and a spacious cafeteria.
The expansion of the production area will provide the perfect opportunity to automate certain manufacturing processes through the use of welding robots. To the great delight of the research and development team, there will be enough space to test the products in a real environment. Thanks to these facilities, GMR Safety can now take the strategic decision to further diversify its products according to the requirements of current customers, target markets and competitors' offerings.
Although GMR Safety has already doubled its workforce over the past year, the expansion and automation of the facility will undoubtedly entail the recruitment of new employees. In the new environment, all workplaces will have sufficient space to ensure the health and safety of workers who can carry out their work in optimal conditions.
The work started in April 2020 and is expected to be completed in November 2020. With this important investment GMR Safety wants to convince its employees, customers and partners that innovation, performance, passion and people are truly at the heart of the company's values.
Photo : Gaétan Jetté, President - Founder of GMR Safety, and Samuel Jetté, Director of Major Accounts America