"From the ingenuity of one family, a remarkable company was created."
Founded in 1974 by Paul-Émile Lord and his wife Rolande Lapointe, PL Distribution was destined for success right from the beginning. Soon after the couple founded the company, their son Guy, then just 18, teamed up with them to expand the family business into the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Abitibi, North Shore, Gaspé, Mauricie, and Eastern Townships regions.
PL Distribution quickly made a name for itself as a distributor of automotive spare parts, selling mainly to car dealerships. The two men made a positive impression on their customers and soon built a solid reputation based on their philosophy of respecting customers and their needs and requirements. Their approach created a solid foundation on which to grow their company.
1976 - The company is incorporated under a new name, PR Distribution , and rents space in an industrial park to store inventory.
1980 - PR Distribution moves to a more spacious location to better serve its growing clientele.
1987 - Guy Lord spots the potential for a new market: automobile fasteners and electrical products and moves to acquire FASBEC and PROLITE, two related brands, and to rebrand PR Distribution products. This year of transition is also marked by the publication of the company's first product catalogues and the introduction of a toll free hotline.
1989 - Construction of the company's head office at 5420 Rideau Street in Quebec City. Claire Lord, the oldest member of the family, joins the senior management team. The same year, PR Distribution expands its market. From Montreal to the Magdalen Islands, via Quebec City, the company develops a position based in equal measure on product quality and customer service.
1990 - A year of renewal: PR Distribution adopts a new logo more in keeping with its corporate philosophy.
1997 - The company opens its first branch in Chicoutimi.
1998- A new line of products-FASBEC Chemical-is added, targeting a new market of industries, manufacturers and transportation companies.
2000 - The logo is updated once again to reflect the company's drive, dynamism, and commitment to stay ahead of the game.
2001 - The company celebrates its 25th anniversary by launching a Website and acquiring new chemical products sold under its own private label.
2004 - PR Distribution now employs more than 32 people managed by a "family team" committed to upholding the principles set out by the company's founder. With over 50,000 diverse and complementary products on offer, our 12 representatives are following in the footsteps of Paul-Émile Lord as they criss cross Quebec and the Maritimes
2006 - Development of thesales departmentfor the growing territories, PR Distributionstructuremoreterritorieswith the formation ofaterritorymanagersthat can supportthe growing sales team.
2006 - Appointment ofDenisBealacas teritory director forLacSt-Jean, Côte-Nord andGaspésie.
2008 - Development of the territoryof Gatineau andOttawa
2008 - Development of theterritory ofAbitibiby LucLemire
2009 - Appointment ofJimmyRoyto the position ofTerritory Managerfor theSouth Shoreof Quebec,BeauceAppalaches.
2010 - Forits 35th anniversary, PR Distributionacquiresa land of11,900square meters, located at 6500Zéphirin Paquin Street,in the ParkArmandViau.
2011 - Start of the construction of the new construction of the head office of PR Distribution.
2011 - PR Distribution is proud to launch it's new website. The new site offers a new image with easy navigation and much more options and content.
2011 - To this day, with more than 65employees, PR distributionshowsa steady growthin the markets of trucking, automotive, municupalitéand government agencies.
2012 - Construction of the company's current premises at 6500Zéphirin Paquin Street, in the ParkArmandViau in Quebec City. . The same year, PR Distribution expands its market. From Quebec City to the Magdalen Islands, via Montreal and Ontario, PR Distribution is now member IDI
2012 - PR Distribution is now an IDI member
2013-2014 - The third generation joins the company. Two of Guy Lords'sons, Alexander and Francoisjointhe teamand get involvedfull time inthe family business.
2015 - PR Distributionlaunches its new websitewith online orders and quote requests.