An employer of choice with a rich 100-year history, Charl-Pol relies on cutting-edge technologies, financial stability and a seasoned team to achieve its ambitious vision: to be a leader in the manufacturing of heavy equipment for the marine, energy, aluminium, mining and metals, and pulp and paper industries.
The company is part of the Quebec Government’s aluminium strategy and very few Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean companies can make that claim.
Such recognition is the assurance of unparalleled product and service quality. Charl-Pol is a respected name in the global aluminium industry cluster with commissions in Iceland, the United States, Canada, and China. Charl-Pol stands out from its competitors through its knowhow and innovative solutions.
The greatness of a company is measured by the value of its personnel. We do what it takes to give everyone the opportunity to develop their potential and grow in a company where it is motivating to work.
Loyalty is a virtue that requires a great deal of effort and will always be demanding of one's convictions to act with integrity, sincerity, respect, trust and dedication.
Charl-Pol considers a team to be a dynamic, living and moving force on which people are grafted to accomplish a given task. The members of a team determine their objectives together, come up with ideas, make decisions and work as one.
A society cannot be successful if it does not promote prosperity and opportunities for others. Charl-Pol conducts itself as a responsible corporate citizen, both socially and environmentally, towards all communities in the regions where it is active.
Contributing to the company's success by increasing its sales and stringent production cost control. Knowing and understanding the expectations of the organization, setting goals in line with customer demands, and making the efforts to achieve them.
At a time when everything is changing at a frantic pace and the global economy is extremely volatile, only visionary and innovative companies can ensure their survival, as we have been doing for almost 100 years. We are resolutely forward looking, anticipating demand and market needs to ensure our long-term success.
The history of Charl-Pol: 100 years of innovation to serve industries
Foundation of Charl-Pol by Joe Tremblay. Already, the company had become a leader in terms of heavy industrial equipment. Over more than 50 years, the company garnered strong notoriety. Photo : Joe Tremblay.
Charles and Paul Tremblay take over for their father (Joe Tremblay), thus becoming the company’s second generation. Photo : Charles et Paul Tremblay.
The organization sees its third generation as Richard and Marc Tremblay take over for their respective fathers, Charles and Paul. Photo : Richard, Charles, Marc et Paul Tremblay.
Acquisition of a competitor’s plant at Laterrière for expansion purposes. Photo: Richard Tremblay. Photo : Richard Tremblay.
Purchase of the Portneuf plant, specialized in heavy machinery machining and manufacturing. Charl-Pol can offer a wider range of expertise with this acquisition.
Expansion of the main plant at La Baie, due to ever increasing business volume. Photo: La Baie plant expansion.
Richard Tremblay buys out Marc Tremblay and becomes sole owner. Photo : Richard Tremblay.
Construction of a new plant at La Baie on Innovation Street for further expansion; 125 new employees are hired. Photo : New plant on Innovation Street in La Baie.
Expansion of the Portneuf plant to meet the needs of heavy industries, including mines, pulp and paper, foundries and steel mills. Photo : Portneuf plant employees.
Richard Tremblay and other partners invest in a Kitimat facility, in British Columbia, which serves the energy and aluminium sectors. The plant is still owned by Richard Tremblay and other partners today. Photo : Welder working on aluminium pot shells.
The company structure is reorganized, the Innovation Street plant is shut down and Charl-Pol focuses its operations in the Saguenay and Portneuf facilities. Photo: Mechanic at work at the La Baie plant.
Richard Tremblay undertakes a future development process within the organization and identifies three staff members with entrepreneurial spirit: Marlène Gauthier, Jonathan Lalande and Jean-Sébastien Michaud thus became co-owners with 25% ownership of the Charl-Pol company between them. Photo : Jonathan Lalande, Marlène Gauthier, Jean-Sébastien Michaud and Richard Tremblay.
Charl-Pol and other associated shareholders invest in and restart a Sept-Îles facility. The investment made it possible for the company to expand its service offer over a wider territory and led to the creation of numerous jobs on Quebec’s north coast. Photo : Marlène Gauthier, Raoul Thibeault, Éric Lizotte, Sébastien Tessier, Richard Tremblay, Pierre Gouslisty. Absent: Jonathan Lalande and Jean-Sébastien Michaud.
Charl-Pol and an associated company invest in a Baie-Comeau facility and launch aluminium smelter refurbishing operations in the area. The investment made it possible for the company to expand its service offer over a wider territory and led to the creation of numerous jobs.
Charl-Pol is a company that generates a turnover of 35 million dollars per year. The company is modern with equipment at the cutting edge of the latest technologies, and the management team's business model is based on respect for individuals. Charl-Pol relies on a qualified workforce that can count on more than 500,000 man hours annually in its two Saguenay and Portneuf facilities. Charl-Pol's management has a strong disposition to mobilize its team, ensuring that customers obtain products that meet their specifications and expectations. The Saguenay plant in La Baie alone has a lifting capacity of 100 tonnes, a surface area of 15,000 square feet, and a production capacity of 500,000 hours annually. The company holds ISO 9001: 2015, CSA W47.1 (steel) and CSA W47.2 (aluminium) certifications.
Charl-Pol is much more than a heavy industrial equipment manufacturer. It is an organization that relies on a team of professionals made up of more than 250 people with varied skills. Engineers, welders, project managers, estimators, production supervisors, HR managers, are all part of this close-knit team and each one contributes to making Charl-Pol the leader in its niches of excellence. Being part of Charl-Pol’s organization means contributing to the growth of a company that helps its clients become better in their activity sectors.
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Charl-Pol would like to congratulate four of its most loyal employees: Alain Gagnon, Fabien Vaillancourt, Michel Allicie and Gérard Gaudreault. Each member of the foursome has attained 25 years of service for the company’s Saguenay facility, a remarkable achievement they can be proud of. The company is pleased to be able to rely on such […]
In support of Tim Horton’s Smile Cookie fundraising campaign for hundreds of charitable organisations across Canada, Charl-Pol purchased Smile Cookies for all its plant employees. What a wonderful opportunity to do a good deed and get a little treat at the same time!
Teamwork has always been a core and desired value when recruiting new employees at Charl-Pol. International recruiting always involves challenges for companies wanting to make sure their new workers get acclimatised in their jobs and soon feel right at home. The efforts made by the company, and the motivated participation of the integration program employees, […]
By Dominique Savard Charl-Pol, an equipment manufacturer and maker of mechanically welded parts for the heavy industry is, at the very least, in full growth. While the Saguenay company will soon be celebrating 100 years of existence, they have recently launched construction of a fifth plant located in the town of Baie-Comeau, a $3-5 […]
After obtaining a new contract requiring aluminium welding expertise, Charl-Pol turned to the Commission scolaire des Rives-du-Saguenay‘s business services department to train more than 25 welders! The welders all obtained their certifications, and the success rate for the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) exams was 100%! Charl-Pol is proud to have talented welders among its employees […]
Charl-Pol Company is an equipment manufacturer and maker of mechanically welded parts for the heavy industry. In addition to its two plants in Saguenay and Portneuf, the company also has facilities in British Columbia and has recently acquired the Fabnor plant in Sept-Îles, which specialises in customised mechanically welded parts. The company can now say […]
Charl-Pol claims the Dubuc Award in the “Enterprise Transfer and Futures” category. Since 1921, Charl-Pol has been a leader of equipment manufacturing and mechanically welded parts for the heavy industry. The company has plants in La Baie and Portneuf, and operates in state-of-the-art mechanical welding and machining of industrial components. A choice employer with a […]
By Dominique Savard Charl-Pol company president Richard Tremblay and Construction P.G. president Pierre Gouslisty acquired the Fabnor custom mechanically welded parts plant in Sept-Îles. The plant had been closed for more than two years due to bankruptcy. The two entrepreneurs thus became one of the largest manufacturers of heavy equipment and custom parts in Canada. Although […]
Charl-Pol – The Portneuf plant was a finalist for a provincial OHS award (Grand prix santé et sécurité au travail) for the design of a floor repair tool “Le Débosseleur”.
On October 6, 2015, the Grands prix santé et sécurité au travail were held and the Portneuf plant was a finalist for its invention called “Le Détoileur”.
Thanks to the collaboration of a worker and his/her supervisor, a lifting device was designed and installed on an overhead crane. The device allows to remove the tarp from parts received by a single worker and thus eliminates a risk at the source.
On October 14, 2012 , was held the 27th CSST symposium, at which time their Innovation award was destined to an enterprise that stood out for improved employee safety. Charl-Pol’s St-Anicet plant, with a collaborative effort among staff members, created a tool that ensured a safe working method for its users and lowered the risk of injury.
Winner of the 2011 regional award in the Large Enterprise category, Charl-Pol’s St-Anicet plant showed that personnel safety was a priority for the company, with the full collaboration of its employees.