- The company is founded in 1971 when Jean-Claude Bélisle and his wife, Gemma Gagnon, buy an old mill in order to begin producing artisanal wooden doors and windows.
- In 1977, the company opens a new division specializing in rafters and joists.
- Rafter delivery in the 1970s.
- Jean-Claude Bélisle and his brother Richard design and manufacture specialized equipment.
- Early in the 1980s, Jean-Claude hires several members of his family who thus become the company’s employees. Menuiserie Bélisle’s customer base expands through the Canadian market.
- Its custom-made wooden doors and windows manufactured to the highest quality standards and the company’s emphasis on customer satisfaction help Menuiserie Bélisle stand out from the competition.
- The company continues to grow, acquiring expertise in handling highly complex projects such as the creation replicas of historic wooden doors and windows.
- Menuiserie Bélisle in the late 1980s.
- In 1991, Jean-Claude renovates the Menuiserie Bélisle facility. He diversifies the company’s window product lines and streamlines production to meet the demand for windows, doors and rafters.
- 1991 — Menuiserie Bélisle launches a full range of artisanal wooden doors and windows, including custom products, historical reproductions, single-, double- and triple-sash windows, sliding windows, picture windows, entry doors, French doors, hopper and awning windows, traditional casement windows, custom wooden garage doors, and more.
- In early 1992, the company undertakes a major renovation to modernize its facilities, improving the factory, adding new machinery facilities, and inaugurating new offices and a new showroom.
- Menuiserie Bélisle thus becomes one of the largest manufacturers of doors and windows in the region.
In the fall of 1992, Jean-Claude dies suddenly in an unfortunate accident. It is a huge loss for the family and the company.
- Dany Bélisle and his wife, Chantal Caron, agree to take over the family business. Dany becomes the president and CEO, and Chantal becomes the general manager and head of accounting.
- The new leadership team’s mission is to continue to grow the company.
- The rafter and joist division is closed. From this point forward, the company focuses entirely on developing a business devoted to manufacturing artisanal windows and doors.
- In addition, Dany and Chantal decide to begin exporting windows and doors to the U.S. market. Everything goes well and orders pour in.
- Early in the winter of 2001, a fire completely destroys the facilities. Dany and Chantal decide to rebuild the plant because the company’s order book is full and customers are counting on them. It is a difficult time for the company.
- To keep production going during the winter, Menuiserie Bélisle looks for a heated building that can accommodate the equipment and employees until new facilities can be built.
- The municipality of Saint-Jean-de-Dieu agrees to temporarily lease the municipal garages to the company.
- The new plant is built in the spring and inaugurated on August 25, 2001.
- As orders from the United States continue to pour in, Menuiserie Bélisle notices major growth in two market niches: windows for major historical sites and the high-end residential sector.
- To continue to meet demand, the facilities need to be expanded.
- Menuiserie Bélisle is honoured to receive several awards:
- 2002 award for new investment project (Prix du Nouveau projet d’investissement) at the annual business gala (Gala des entreprises et des marchands)
- 2004 award for fastest growing manufacturer (Prix du Manufacturier ayant la plus importante croissance de l’année)
- Menuiserie Bélisle is able to successfully compete with the largest manufacturers of wooden doors and windows in the Canadian and American markets.
- The company develops a distribution network in Canada and the United States.
- Many new wood products are developed and tested in the factory.
- All Bélisle products are tested by an independent laboratory to obtain Energy Star certification.
- Wooden French doors and sliding patio doors.
- Wooden picture windows and window walls.
- Tilt-and-turn windows.
- Casement windows and doors.
- Custom screens for all products.
- A new partnership is created to buy the family business from Dany and Chantal.
- The company is now run three partners: Jean-Pierre Bélisle, production manager; Michel Dumont, business manager, and Kevin Thibault, sales and engineering manager.
- Menuiserie Bélisle carries out major renovations on its facilities and adds new equipment, notably a CNC machining centre.
- The company’s official logo and brand image are changed. The English brand name is now Belisle Architectural Windows and Doors.
- New equipment is added, including a four-sided digital planer, and an indoor wood storage system is installed.
- The finishing equipment is updated.