Innovation and major investment

Art Massif builds for future success!

Art Massif, a manufacturer of glued-laminated timber structures, injects $5M in its plant at Saint-Jean-Port-Joli. The investment covers expansion to the plant, a numerical control center unique to Canada and an innovative construction process with no visible steel. With this investment, Art Massif is giving itself a significant advantage in the engineered structure and architectural building market.

Photo: Ministers Pierre Dufour and Marie-Ève Proulx with the management team at Art Massif.

An innovative wood structure process with invisible connectors

Art Massif has become the first Quebec company to master manufacturing of this assembly process. The process is the result of five years of R&D with the Chaire de Recherche de l’Université Laval en construction écoresponsable (the CIRCERB). It is now one of the best solutions for the design of custom glued-laminated timber structures thanks to its higher tensile strength and ductility than traditional connectors.

Production line optimization and productivity gains

The numerical control center has been installed to optimize production of these new invisible connectors. In this way, Art Massif is ensuring full control of design, costs and manufacturing lead times while reducing on-site assembly time.

The company’s President, Steve Desrosiers, said: “This major innovation demonstrates our commitment to offer customers innovative and consistently high-quality architectural products, regardless of the project’s complexity. We can respond effectively to bespoke projects and those with design challenges. At the same time, we are helping to maintain Quebec’s position as one of North America’s leaders in engineered wood structure manufacturing.”

About Art Massif

Founded in 2010, Art Massif specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of glued-laminated timber structures for commercial, industrial and residential buildings. Their customers are located across Quebec and the United States. The company has a team of 37 employees, a plant in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli and an engineering office in Quebec City.

The investment was made possible by involvement from the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune, et des Parcs as part of the Innovation Bois and Vitrine Technologique programs, and from the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation under the Innovation program.