In 1970, John Meunier Inc. signed a commercial agreement for North America with Mengin, from France, which included a licence for manufacturing pumps. At his death in 1974, John Meunier left a well established company in the hands of his son, Gabriel Meunier, and a team ready to take over. In that year that the company participated for the first time at the Water Pollution Control Federation (WPCF) Conference in Denver, CO. The decade's milestone came when John Meunier was granted $50,000 by the Government of Quebec in recognition of its innovation in the SME category. This amount was instrumental in acquiring the know-how of a German company to make the prototype for a bar screen and adapt it to North American conditions. This is how the Cont-Flo® bar screen was launched.
In 1980, John Meunier Inc., up to this point a family-owned business, welcomed industrial shareholders. This move provided employees with a more secure financial environment while allowing the company to invest in high scale projects. It is in that same year that John Meunier Inc. further strengthened its financial situation with the arrival of shareholders such as the Société Générale de Financement du Québec (SGF), the French Compagnie Générale des Eaux (CGE) and the manufacturers Forano and Volcano. In 1981, a manufacturing facility was added to John Meunier's building which allowed for greater involvement of the engineering team in the development and adaptation of its products to the North American market. In 1985, John Meunier Inc. and the CGE founded Proserco Inc., a company offering management services for water and wastewater treatment plants. It didn't take long for Proserco to take over an important share of the market, specializing in energy consumption optimization, municipal and industrial sludge management, technical support and training.
The 1990's were filled with numerous industrial projects. The size of the Acier Atlas project in Sorel, Qc, clearly shows the capacity and competence of John Meunier Inc. to realize high-scale projects. The arrival of the Actiflo® process also contributed tremendously to propel John Meunier Inc. towards success, thanks to its efficiency for treating surface water.
John Meunier Inc. also invested in the foundation of the Industrial Chair on Drinking Water at the University of Montreal by providing funds and sharing knowledge with other partners such as City of Montreal and City of Laval, as well as the engineering firm Vallée Lefebvre.
The beginning of the new millenium saw the expansion of John Meunier Inc. outside of Quebec, with the acquisition of major projects with cities such as Vancouver, Calgary and Kingston. Major breakthroughs were also accomplished in Latin America, thanks to the development of a line of prefabricated equipment, as well as in the United-States with our headworks and stormwater management products. The rapid increase of employees, as well as production load, required in 2001 the move of the team in a new facility that includes a 30 000 ft² plant.
Today, every department of the company is expanding and, since its beginnings, Veolia Water Technologies Canada has never stopped continuing to grow.