Rousseau Metal was founded in 1950 and, at the time, most of the work was by contract and custom fabrication in metal stamping. The operations began with 3 employees, and a factory of 15,000 square feet, situated on the south shore of the St-Lawrence River in St-Jean-Port-Joli, Québec.
In its early days, Rousseau was known for products made to order, meaning, manufactured to meet the requirements of its customers who were, at that time, principally those in government and private business. Rousseau manufactured a variety of products such as mail sorting, classifying, distribution equipment for Canada Post; mailboxes, electric meter boxes, laboratory boxes and other multi-purpose cabinets; repair workstations, bridge tables and chairs, sheds, and even snowmobiles.
In the 1970’s, Rousseau seized business opportunities brought about by the changing economy and moved towards creating their own line of products in the industrial sector. The company established a sales force, which was dedicated to finding new and potential customers.
Rousseau products were initially sold in Canada, through a network of distributors. Backed by a quarter century of expertise in custom order production, Rousseau began to design, manufacture and market various storage products such as cabinets, modular drawers and workstations. Since 1989, with the support of their manufacturers representatives who assist their distributors, Rousseau has been covering private and governmental sectors all throughout the United States.
The name Rousseau is now well known for quality products and for always putting their customers first. Rousseau offers their customers products that are adaptable and competitive, a highly qualified staff, cutting-edge technology and reliable yet flexible manufacturing procedures. The company is now operating in a modern installation of 150,000 square feet and dedicated to environmental responsibility.
Rousseau is ready to face the challenges of a world market and, with the collaboration of a mobilized team, to contribute to the success of their clientele :
- Rousseau follows through on its mission which is to design, manufacture and market modular drawers, shelving and workstation systems, for industrial and commercial use, offered through distributors as well as strategically located companies in high potential markets in North America;
- Rousseau is privileged by a partnership with a distribution network in which together they offer innovative and distinctive products;
- Their values reflect their commitment : responsibility, teamwork, client satisfaction, continued improvement;
- The company’s dedication to quality incited them in the mid 1990’s to obtain 9002-1994 ISO certification, and in November 2003, ISO 9001-2000 certification, which again, elevates their system of quality to an even higher level.
Through the years, Rousseau has acquired a name for itself in North America with clients in industrial sectors such as : automotive, wholesalers, and the government. They can count among their clientele : Alcan, Boeing, Bombardier, Canadair, Chrysler, Domtar, Esso, General Motors, Honda, Pratt & Whitney, Ultramar.
” ROUSSEAU, THE SPACE EFFICIENCY PEOPLE “