After nearly a year of intensive negotiations, the Carrières Ducharme quarry on Covey Hill Road in Havelock has been acquired by the Atwill-Morin Group, which specializes in heritage building restoration. The company, which has offices in Quebec City, Montreal, and Ottawa, announced the sale in a press release issued on February 23.
The Atwill-Morin Group is renowned for its restoration in recent years of prestigious historic sites and buildings, including the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, the Royal Canadian Mint, the National War Memorial, Fort Lévis, Montreal City Hall, and the Prison des Patriotes in Montreal.
According to Matthew Atwill-Morin, president and CEO of the Atwill-Morin Group, the strategic acquisition of the Havelock-based quarry will allow the company to “diversify its activities by adding a reputable company with an autonomous team essential to the pursuit of its growth plan.”
The company will maintain all 125 employees at the quarry and the head office will remain in Havelock, said Atwill-Morin, while specifying that former president Serge Ducharme will remain with the company as a special advisor.
The Carrières Ducharme has been active in construction and architectural industries for the past 60 years as a natural stone quarry operator in Canada and the United States. For Atwill-Morin, the acquisition will allow Carrières Ducharme to benefit from the strengths and advantages of a large group of companies while maintaining its brand identity and its independence, and it will be able to continue to serve its vast clientele in the residential and commercial construction and landscaping sectors in a sustainable manner.
The geographic location of the quarry along the New York State border, along with its stone crushing, cutting, and profiling sites, benefits the Atwill-Morin Group by providing added value that could lead to the development of new markets in the New England states. With the addition of the Carrières Ducharme, the company expects to reach $200 million in annual business volume within the next 36 months, making it a major player in the construction and restoration industry.
Future of the asphalt plant
As for the asphalt factory proposed by Groupe Chenail on a portion of the Carrières Ducharme’s property, Nicolas Croteau, the executive vice president of the Atwill-Morin Group and interim president and CEO of the Carrières Ducharme, says he is waiting on the Superior Court’s decision.
The proposed project generated strong opposition from the population when it was first revealed last year. Despite the municipality having declared its opposition to the project, Groupe Chenail filed an appeal for judicial review with the Superior Court last September to determine whether the asphalt plant complies with the zoning bylaw in effect in Havelock.
“We are leaving it to the courts to decide on this situation that we have just inherited,” said Croteau. “We will respect the decision rendered by the authorities.”