1989

Spectra Steel Industries is founded by opening a 25,000 ft2 fuel tank manufacturing factory in Longueuil, Quebec.

1989

1993

Merger with Premium Automotive (Port Hawkesbury, Cape Breton) results in Spectra Premium Industries Inc.

The head office and the fuel tank factory move to a 100,000 ft2 facility in Boucherville, Quebec.

1993

1995

Acquisition of American Designers (Knightstown, IN)
  • Becoming the North American leader in the manufacture of replacement steel fuel tanks
  • Thus expanding distribution into the United States

1995

1997

Listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: SPD)

Public offerings are completed with the objective of expanding into new product lines through acquisition.

1997

1998

Consolidation of the Canadian radiator industry through the acquisition of 7 companies:
  • Coulter Radiator (Windsor, Ontario)
  • Laniel Radiateurs (Montréal, Québec)
  • Rick's Gas Tank factory (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Multi Réservoirs 2000 (St-Hubert, Québec)
  • Radiateurs Roy (Ste-Foy, Québec)
  • Sanka Manufacturing (Canterville, Nova Scotia)
  • CAREM (Debert, Nova Scotia)

1998

1999

Acquisition of two key U.S. distributors to increase radiator market share in the United States
  • Northeast Radiator (Boston)
  • AARS (Chicago)
PWB is acquired (Warwick, England)
  • Consolidates the position of world leader in the manufacture of steel replacement fuel tanks

1999

1999

A new, 170,000 ft2 radiator factory is constructed in Laval, Quebec

1999

2000

Two Canadian air conditioning parts manufacturers are acquired
  • AC Canada (Milton, Ontario
  • K&L Condensers ( Brampton, Ontario)

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2000

2001

Initial launch of our complete industrial truck radiators for class 6-7-8 applications

2001

2002

The first OEM contracts are obtained and Line 1 of the OEM fuel tanks starts up at the Boucherville factory

  • Pontiac GTO fuel tanks with Holden in Australia
  • ATV radiators for Bombardier Recreational Products

2002

2003

Spectra Premium annonces the exit of manufacturing of complete copper and brass radiators, shifting all production to later technology of plastic aluminum radiators.

2003

2004

Main warehouse in Boucherville is expanded, raising the total surface area of the head office to 475,000 ft2

2004

2005

Spectra Premium Industries has confirmed that its strategic reorganization has been completed. The corporate reorganization was undertaken more than two years ago following a dozen acquisitions made by the company in the aftermarket segment from 1998 to 2001. This process resulted in the closure of five plants, the discontinuation of two product lines, the closure of two main distribution centres and of about 10 U.S. regional warehouses during the last three years. The completed closure of Stratford occured in April 2005 with all production moved to the Laval facility.

2005

2006

ISO/TS16949 certification for the quality system of the fuel tank factory in Boucherville

Our 47 regional distribution warehouses in the United States are sold in order to align our growth strategy with the leading American automobile parts distributors

2006

2007

The following group of shareholders privatize the company:
  • Management
    (Jacques Mombleau, Denis Poirier, Kerry Best)
  • Fonds de solidarité FTQ
  • Desjardins Capital
  • Gestion Camada (Poulin family)

2007

2008

Launch of Fuel Pump Assembly Program into the aftermarket

2008

2009

Spectra Premium becomes the North American leader in the sale of replacement radiators

2009

2010

The 2nd OEM line starts up with the fuel tank for the Chevrolet Volt, the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)

2010

2011

Spectra Premium receives the AAIA New Packaging Award for our redesign of the new radiator box and resealable carton. We launched our automated price shopping tool to increase efficiency to track market movement.

2011

2012

  • Company founder Denis Charest is inducted into the AIA-Québec Circle of pioneers.
  • Expansion of our California warehouse to 85,000 ft2
  • Launch of a full line fuel pump program, release of QR codes on all product labels

2012

2013

Opening of a new 250,000 ft2 distribution centre in Greenfield, IN

2013

2013

Launch of O2 Sensors, Vendor of the Year Award from AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts Vendor of the Year for application data.

2013

2014

Announcement of Lifetime Warranty on Fuel Pump Assemblies, Electrical and Mechanical Fuel pumps and Fuel Strainers

2014

2014

Acquisition of Richporter Technologies, which extends Spectra Premium product line coverage into engine management parts

2014

The best measure of a successful organization can be viewed via the relationship it holds with its customer base and other business partners.
Over the years the growth of Spectra Premium Industries has been directly related to those mutually beneficial relationships with all our Aftermarket and OEM customers, suppliers and financial partners. The presence of the Spectra Premium brand and visibility globally testifies to the strong support we have received from all our business partners throughout those years and for that we thank you all.
With ever changing technology, global supply chain initiatives and adaptation to market demands, our partnerships have allowed us the ability to remain ahead of the curve and we guarantee you all efforts will continue to be done going forward to remain …
The Premium Choice.

2014

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