About us

About us
About us

Over 60 Years of Leadership and Innovation
 

Permacon can help bring your most inspired dreams to life and transform the world outside your door. 

 

Permacon: over 60 years of innovation. 
Innovation with a promise. 

 

The promise of perfect harmony is the freedom to choose the colours, formats, shapes and textures between every element of your project and its surroundings. Of course, when you think of Permacon, you think of pavers, walls, edgers and slabs, but Permacon also means bricks and stones. 

 

For over sixty years Permacon has been a pioneer, innovator and champion of growth as Canada’s largest producer of concrete products. 

 

In 2001, Permacon merged with Oldcastle Architectural, a North-American leader in the manufacturing of concrete masonry and landscaping products as well as products specifically designed for the do-it-yourself (DIY) construction and landscaping retail market segments. Oldcastle Architectural is part of the Oldcastle family of companies, a giant with sales of over $11 billion (US) in 2014. Oldcastle itself is owned by CRH, a construction product multinational – headquartered in Dublin, Ireland – with revenues over $27 billion (US) in 2016. 

 

Offering an evolving line of over 1000 masonry and landscaping products, Permacon helps diversify and adorn the outdoors for residential, institutional, commercial and industrial environments. 

 

With its 12 plants and over 800 employees working in its Quebec and Ontario facilities, Permacon caters to customers representing five market segments:
 
•    Residential masonry products
•    ICI masonry products – Institutional, Commercial, Industrial
•    Residential landscaping products
•    ICI landscaping products – Institutional, Commercial, Industrial
•    Retail distribution – Home Centers
 

Over the past decades, Permacon’s reputation as an international leader was acquired based on the firms two main sectors of excellence:
1.    Innovation and R&D
2.    Marketing, sales and customer service
 

Background
 

Founded in Québec in 1952 as Bloc Vibré inc., the company merged with Les Industries Fortier Ltée in 1986 to create Permacon Group. Permacon then grew quickly due in part to a series of mergers and acquisitions. 

 

In 2001, Oldcastle, a construction materials multinational company based in Atlanta, Georgia, acquired all of Permacon`s shares. In merging with this powerful group, which has over 39,000 employees across North America, Permacon is accelerating R&D activities and is in a strong position to flourish in Canada and abroad.

 

Overview

 

Name Oldcastle Building products Canada, Inc.
President Waide Ficklin
Vice-President/General Manager, Quebec Patrick Charest
Vice-President/General Manager, Ontario       Marcus Poirier
Vice-President Finance Henri Besnier
Founded 1955
Headquarters Montréal
Employees ±800
Plants (12) located in Montreal (2), Quebec, Trois-Rivieres, Ottawa (2), St-Eustache, Milton, Bolton, Woodstock, Cambridge, Mississauga