Sunday, April 15, 2018

Fire Destroys Canadian Modular Home Factory

Flames destroyed the 75-employee plant of Habitaflex Concept Inc., located in an industrial park in the town of Montmagny, about 30 miles from Qu├ębec City

The fire was reported about 2 a.m. Friday morning, April 6, in the central section of the building. Management said it is working to minimize the impact and continue operations. The Habitaflex Concept Inc., which manufactures smaller fold-up, transportable home building kits.

It is one of several sister production plants in the area operated by Maison Laprise, which employs 300 manufacturing a variety of sophisticated prefabricated homes.

The fully finished homes can include cabinetry, flooring and millwork and are designed to erect rapidly at construction sites. Production at other plants was unaffected by the fire, according to Bastien Poulin, Vice-President and CFO of the Laprise Group and employees of the factory have all been relocated to sister plants.

Established in Montmagny since 1989, the manufacturer of pre-manufactured homes and commercial structures launched its Habitaflex Concept division in 2000 and then bought Doors and Windows Laurendeau the following year. In 2009, the company made the jump to the international scene, launching Laprise SAS, a builder of wooden frame houses in Tours, France, and in 2010 built 7500 temporary homes for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti

While production at Habitaflex is interrupted for an indefinite period, other divisions of Maison Laprise continue to operate.

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