Montreal, September 27, 2005 - Drummond Designs Inc., the leading developer and marketer of architectural residential home plans and related services in Canada, announced today the opening of its 20th branch office in Quebec and the company's first on the Montreal Island after 32 years of operation.
The timing of the Montreal branch office opening coincides with the growing demand for home plans, predominantly from the West Island area of the city, the province of Ontario and the United States. Drummond Designs' decision to set up its first Montreal Island branch in Ville Saint-Laurent is a response to the need to enhance the company's ability to service its non-francophone clientele, which is currently the largest growing sector, accounting for more than 50% of its sales.
« Our ability to maintain the pace on the verge of an inevitable slowdown in the residential construction industry hinges on the mid-term gains we are able to make in the regions where, until now, we have not had much of a presence, » said Yves Carignan, president and general manager of Drummond Designs Inc. « We are also counting on the increased interest for our modification and personalized services, and plan development associated with the renovation sector to increase our sales by 20% for an eighth straight year. »
Pierre Matin, the manager of Drummond Designs' Montreal branch, added: « Along with the fact that we were under-represented on the Montreal Island, the location and the timing in setting up operations coincides with the adding to our catalogue of a significant number of models destined to be going up in the more affluent sectors of the West Island. »
The Montreal branch is endowed with the expertise of 10 certified technologists who are able to respond to local, as well as U.S. market needs. « Our business growth must essentially be developed in respect of residential construction delivery standards and deadlines, » said Salvatore Moffa, Drummond Designs' production Manager.
The opening of the Montreal branch office, combined with the development efforts in the United States and Ontario, will enable Drummond Designs to be at the source of more than 7,000 construction start-ups annually, representing a real-estate value of more than a billion dollars (Canadian) on the North American scale.
About Drummond Designs inc.
Founded in 1973, Drummond Designs Inc. is a privately owned company with 49 employees. It is also supported by a network of 55 collaborators that specialize in developing architectural plans and related services and work in 23 regional offices.
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