Early history

Bourret benefits
  • Multi-generational family business
  • Professionalism
  • Reliability

Founded in 1928 by Ludger Bourret in St-Eugène near Drummondville, Bourret Transport came into being. Ludger bought his first truck to transport goods to and from the Bonsecours Market, the first principal public market, in Montreal. Goods transported to the market included flour from Ludger's mill and butter produced in neighbouring villages, both of which were traded for nails, bolts and mortar for the general store in St-Eugène.

Throughout the years, as soon as his sons would reach the legal driving age, Ludger bought them a truck.

World War 2 and Beyond

During the Second World War, from 1939 to 1945, all trucks bought were painted khaki green and the army had the authority to requisition them at any time.

From 1945 to 1973, the Glorious Thirties era, developed countries enjoyed three decades of economic prosperity.  Hence, an increased number of factories were developed in both rural areas and metropolitan regions, which proved to be an excellent opportunity for the trucking business.

In the 50s the company moved to Drummondville.

The Aftershock of the Oil Crisis

In 1971, we experienced the first oil crisis, the effects of which were felt for many long years. Our rates had to be adjusted. Another long term consequence of this crisis, hand-in-hand with the Iranian revolution and the Iran-Iraq war was the 1980 monetary crisis in the United States. This led to an economic slowdown that was felt even in Canada. The 80s were marked by a series of monetary crises.

In 1985, Omer Bourret passed on the ownership of the family business to François Bourret who is the president of Bourret Group to this day.

Few months later, the warehousing division was added to the company with a warehouse accessible by road or by rail for reception and expeditions.

Finally, M. Bourret added the international division to meet the ever-growing needs of his clients for exportation and exportation with the United States.

The Next Generation Faces the Transportation Complexities of a Post 9/11 World

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 brought about lasting effects to all modes of transportation. New border crossing policies and rules went into effect to improve U.S. border security, one of which was the C-TPAT program, implemented two months after the attack.

In 2006, Transport Bourret moved into its new and present location encompassing 5 million square feet in Drummondville.

In 2007, the global financial crisis triggered by the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis had a dramatic impact on world business. The resulting economic slowdown that spread around the world was devastating. The real impact for Canada based companies was felt in 2009, and many of them have not yet completely recovered.

Bourret Group came through each of these events stronger than ever, a reliable, strong, well organized and professional company. Furthermore, with many family businesses not making it past the third generation, Bourret Group's fourth generation is already at work contributing to the success of this multi-generational family business.

We look forward to doing business with you for many years.