Arbec Forest Products Inc.: An Industry Leader

A company in full expansion in Northeastern America, Arbec Forest Products Inc. implements innovative strategies and technologies, as well as a strict health and safety policy in order to continue to offer high quality OSB panels and lumber. Check us out!


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Company Profile

Arbec is a private forestry company that manufactures OSB panels and produces lumber (in association with an affiliated company, Groupe Rémabec Inc.). Their production activities are carried out in plants at several locations in Quebec and one in New Brunswick. Arbec plants have an annual production capacity of 620,000 m³ (700 mmsf) of OSB and 700 million mpmp of softwood lumber.


Arbec owns 50% of Groupe Rémabec, which is the largest forestry operator in Quebec (annual wood harvest of 3 million m³). Founded in 1998, Groupe Rémabec is a pillar of the Quebec forestry industry. It is an integrated company that specializes in forest operations, wood processing and the international sale of lumber products. Groupe Rémabec is Quebec’s largest privately owned forestry company and one of its most important sawyers.


Arbec holds a minority stake in Bioénergie AE Côte-Nord Canada Inc., which is currently building a residual biomass-based biofuel production plant in Port-Cartier, Quebec. This plant will be the first commercial-scale installation of its kind in Quebec. The project aims to convert residual forest biomass to produce 40 million litres of bio-oil per year. This bio-oil could lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 70 000 tonnes. Bio-oil production is expected to begin in January 2018.


Arbec also owns 25% of Boisaco Inc., the owner of a 120 million mpmp sawmill located in Sacré-Coeur, Quebec. Arbec is wholly owned by Jolina Capital Inc., the holding company of Mr. Lino Saputo.

History

2006

 Privatization of the company

 Acquisition of the Saint-Georges-de-Champlain OSB plant

2007

 Acquisition of Berscifor Forest Products (sawmill) - integrated with Boisaco in 2013

2008

  Investment in Boscus (50% interest)

 Acquisition of Scierie Lemay Inc. (sawmill) - integrated with the L'Ascension sawmill

 Investment in the Rémabec Group (50% stake)

2011

 Acquisition of the OSB plant in Miramichi, New Brunswick

2012

 Acquisition of Dolbeau Manufacturing Plant

2013

 Acquisition of Boisaco Inc. (25% interest)

2014

 Sawmill Transfers to Groupe Rémabec

2015

 Acquisition of Kruger Sawmills

2016

 Launch of Bioénergie AE Côte-Nord Canada Inc.

Company Mission

To be a Canadian leader in the marketing of OSB and lumber for the North American market, and added value of by-products.

Innovation

We are constantly looking for products that meet the specific needs of our customers.

Business Partnerships

We continually seek opportunities to work with partners to share our expertise and build business synergies.

Maximizing the Customer Experience

We are working hard to improve our processes to simplify and boost our customer relationships.

Being a Responsible Citizen

At all times, we advocate safe, environmentally responsible work practices that rely on long-term preservation of resources.

Management

Joey Saputo

President and CEO

Joey Saputo is the President of the Montreal Impact and the Saputo Stadium. He has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Arbec Forest Products Inc. since April 1, 2016. He is also President of Gestion Soplajoey Inc., a private holding company. He has held various positions with Saputo Inc. and Jolina Capital Inc. since 1985. He also sits on various Boards of Directors.

Pierre Moreau

Assistant to the President

Pierre Moreau has more than 35 years of experience in forestry company management. He was President of Arbec from 2000 to 2006 and has served as Assistant to the President since.

Pierre Gingras

Executive Vice-President

Pierre Gingras has more than 25 years of experience in the paper and forestry industry. He has held a variety of functions including project management, customer service and plant management. He was promoted to General Manager, OSB following the acquisition of the OSB plant in 2006. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and has supervised the OSB plants and sales office at Arbec Forest Products Inc. since 2012.

Serge Mercier CPA, CA

Vice-President, Finance and Business Development

Serge Mercier has more than 30 years of experience in the financial and operational management of forestry companies. Throughout his career, he has held various financial management positions in a number of forestry companies. He is also responsible for Arbec’s strategic acquisition process. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Company Responsibilities

Overview and Performance

Arbec attaches great importance to the protection of its employees, the environment and the communities in which it operates.

The success of our business requires that we comply fully with all environmental and health and safety laws and regulations related to our business. We recognize the need to focus on sustainable development, and environmental concerns, as well as health and safety, are an integral part of our business plan.

We continue to take effective actions to reduce our impact on the environment, minimize the risk of injury and promote a safe and healthy working environment. The participation of every Arbec employee is crucial to our success. Our environmental and health and safety policies clearly express our beliefs and state how we measure performance in these areas.

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