In December 1969, 33 year-old Robert Ménard decided to leave his superintendent job in the construction industry to pursue his dream of operating his own company. He purchased a business called Garage Besner, a retailer of agricultural machinery in the municipality of St-Clet. The company maintained the repair services offered by the previous owners.
In 1970, the company became a distributor of Ford agricultural tractors and New Holland agricultural machinery. The company focused on this product category until the late 1980s.
In 1979, Les Pièces Hydrauliques Ménard was born when the company expanded its product lines with hydraulic systems and accessories purposely made for agricultural and industrial applications. The company would simultaneously increase the store surface by 9,500 square feet to accommodate this major change.
In the early 1980s, the agricultural equipment industry was in decline and signs of significant growth disappeared. As a result, Robert Ménard solely focused on selling hydraulic systems and accessories to his customers.
In 1992, the son of Robert Ménard, Mario, joined the family enterprise with an extended background in finance and management from Concordia University. Among his early contributions was the addition of truck parts in the company’s product lines.
In 1998, Les Pièces Hydrauliques Ménard became the second Traction banner in Canada, a division of UAP. Since this partnership, the company has invested massively in its inventory and infrastructures to offer a vast array of truck parts and hydraulic systems at competitive prices. In 2001, the company added a 4,500 square feet warehouse but it was quickly insufficient to cope with the company’s growth in sales. Thus, the company inaugurated a 5,000 square feet warehouse in 2011 to further increase the inventory.
As of today, Les Pièces Hydrauliques Ménard serves more than 400 clients in an 80-km radius. Since 1969, Les Pièces Hydrauliques Ménard continues to adjust its practices and product lines in order to offer quality products and valuable technical assistance to its customers today and in the future.