Passion... over the years
François Miville-Deschênes acquires Langelier & Fils (founded in 1936) which became Deschênes & Fils Ltée, a plumbing and heating wholesaler located at 1203 Notre-Dame East in Montréal.
François' three sons acquire their father's shares.
1951 Pierre Deschênes (son of François) joins the team.
1952 Gilles Deschênes (son of François) joins the team.
1952 The enterprise moves to 5685 d'Iberville.
1954 Jacques Deschênes (son of François) joins the team.
1969 The enterprise moves to 8335 St-Michel Blvd. in East-End Montréal.
1973 Jacques acquires his brothers' shares at the same price offered by a potential buyer. He then becomes President General Manager and invites Deschênes & Fils' two main managers to join the shareholding. They will retire in 1982 and 1992 and their shares will be bought by Les Entreprises Mirca Inc.
1976 Creation of Les Entreprises Mirca Inc., Jacques Deschênes' family enterprise.
1977 Jacques Deschênes transfers his participating shares to Les Entreprises Mirca Inc.
1980 (Nov) Acquisition of 100 % of L.N. & J.E. Noiseux Limitée's shares, a century-old plumbing and heating wholesaler located in Montréal.
1984 (Oct) Acquisition of an important part of Loubec, a plumbing and heating wholesaler in the Québec City region.
Jacques acquires his brothers' shares at the same price offered by a potential buyer. He then becomes President General Manager and invites Deschênes & Fils' two main managers to join the shareholding. They will retire in 1982 and 1992 and their shares will be bought by Les Entreprises Mirca Inc.
1987 (May) Acquisition of Industries C.F.H. Ltée, a fire protection distribution company.
1987 (Oct) Acquisition of Boone Plumbing & Heating Supply Inc. in Ottawa and of its division Des Rosiers Distributeurs in Hull (plumbing, heating, air conditioning and ventilation wholesale
1988 (March) Creation of Deschênes Group Inc. which will become the parent company.
1989 (Dec) Acquisition in Québec City of three divisions of Groupe Lacroix: plumbing and heating, electrical and industrial supplies. Deschênes Group Inc.'s presence is henceforth reinforced in Eastern Québec through the addition of outlets in Québec City, Lévis, Rimouski and Saint-Georges de Beauce.
1990 (Aug)Purchase of Rocamora Bros. Canada Inc.'s assets, a plumbing and heating distributor-wholesaler located in Toronto.
1991 (June) Acquisition of Triangle Plumbing and Heating Supply Inc. with its six branches in the Northern and Eastern part of the Greater Toronto area, a plumbing, heating and Waterworks distributor-wholesaler.
1991 (Aug) Deschênes & Fils becomes the sole owner of Loubec's shares.
1992 (June) Rocamora and Triangle are merged and become Desco Plumbing and Heating Supply Inc. in 1993 and then moves to a newly acquired and renovated building.
1993 (March) Merger of Lacroix and Loubec in Québec City. They will carry on their activities under the name Deschênes & Fils Ltée, Québec City division.
1994 (Jan) Acquisition of major interests in Doraco Inc. and full acquisition in April 1996.
Creation of Deschênes Group Inc. which will become the parent company.
1996 (Jul) Acquisition of significant interests in Almacorp Inc. which includes nine branches operating under the name Airco and QuéMar (Ottawa, Québec City and Montréal), a major distributor of air conditioning and refrigeration parts and equipment.
1997 (Sept) Opening in Alberta (by Deschênes Group Inc., Andrew Sheret Limited and Mr. Wayne Walker) of JBW Pipe & Supply Ltd., a plumbing and heating distributor in Edmonton.
1998 (May) Deschênes Group Inc. acquires all of Réal Huot Inc.'s shares issued on the market; RHI is an important Québec City Waterworks and sewer systems distributor with three business locations.
2000 (March) The parent company, Deschênes Group Inc., who shared its living accommodations with Deschênes & Fils, Montréal division, moves to a new location at 5100 Sherbrooke Street East in Montréal, in order to allow the two companies to occupy larger quarters.
2000 (Dec) Jacques Deschênes hands over the torch to his oldest son, Martin, who is appointed Deschênes Group Inc.'s President and Chief Operating Officer. Jacques maintains the responsibilities of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Deschênes Group Inc. now owns 100% of Almacorp Inc.'s shares.
2003 (Dec) The subsidiary Almacorp Inc. acquires tangible assets from Eugènes Binette Enr., enterprise recognized as a true institution specializing in the sale of heating controls and related equipment.
2004 (May) The Board of Directors of Deschênes Group Inc. names Martin Deschênes Chief Executive Officer.This responsibility is in addition to his present duties as President. Jacques Deschênes retains the function of Chairman of the Board.
2005 (May) Acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares of Bardon Supplies Ltd. which comprises 12 outlets and 4 showrooms in Ontario, a plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning distributor-wholesaler.
2007 (May) The parent company, Deschênes Group Inc., moves to a new location at 3901 Jarry Street East in Montréal.
2009 (Sept) Mr. John LeBoutillier is appointed Chairman of the Board of Groupe Deschênes Inc. Mr. Jacques Deschênes remains as Honorary Chairman of the Board.
2010 (Sept) Deschenes Group Inc. completes the acquisition of the assets of Mueller Flow Control.
Jacques Deschênes hands over the torch to his oldest son, Martin, who is appointed Deschênes Group Inc.'s President and Chief Operating Officer. Jacques maintains the responsibilities of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
2011 (Apr) Almacorp Inc. (Airco, QuéMar and DenBec) begins operating under the name Descair Inc.
2011 (May) Mueller Flow Control is renamed Flocor Inc.
2011 (Oct) Deschênes & Fils Ltée – Montréal acquires Les Détaillants Proulx & Fils Ltée, a retailer operating the Plomberium showroom in Mascouche.
2011 (Oct) Desco Plumbing and Heating Supply Inc. acquires Ridler Heating and Cooling Supply Co., an Ontario-based HVAC distributor with outlets in Rexdale and Guelph, which become Desco branches.
2012(Dec) Desco Plumbing and Heating Supply Inc. acquires Western Plumbing & Industrial Supplies, an Ontario-based plumbing distributor, with locations in London and Stratford, which become Desco branches.
2013 (Feb) Deschênes & Fils Ltée – Montréal acquires Baliscus, a retailer operating a showroom in the St-Jérôme area.
2013 (Nov) Descair Inc. acquires Gelair, a Montreal-based distributor specialized in HVAC equipment.
2013 (Dec) Deschênes & Fils Ltée – (Montreal & Quebec) acquire the Maburco Group, a Quebec-based plumbimg and heating distributor. This acquisition adds 7 new locations to the company's network in the province of Quebec. These locations become branches of Deschênes & Fils Ltée.
2017 (Jan) Martin Deschênes hands over the torch to his younger brother, François, who is appointed Deschênes Group Inc.'s President and Chief Executive Officer. Martin is appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Board.