By Alyssa Dalton
Mar. 11, 2016 – Congratulations to Manac, a Canadian manufacturer of trailers, on its 50 years of service!
Founded by Marcel Dutil in 1966, Manac was born as an “innovative entrepreneurial solution” to the transportation needs of Dutil’s existing business, Canam Steel. Manac’s first semitrailer was built in the founder’s backyard barn. During its first year of operation, Manac turned out 11 semitrailers. Fifty years later, the company employs more than 1,200 people, has four manufacturing plants in Canada and the U.S., and distributes its products across North America.
Manac’s recent privatization has allowed the company and the family to bring four Canadian institutional investors onboard — Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Investissement Québec, and Fonds Manufacturier Québécois.
“With our exceptional group of shareholders, our passionate employees, and our loyal clients and business partners, we have everything we need to move the company forward,” said Charles Dutil, Manac president and CEO.
To celebrate the occasion, the company will launch its official 50th anniversary slogan, “Transporting you further with our expertise,” which it says will pay tribute to all employees, clients and business partners who have joined Manac on “this incredible journey and will ensure the company’s continued success in the years to come.” Various activities to be held at each of the plants (schedule posted HERE) will trace back Manac’s history.