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About Us

Founded in 1930 and headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, Vicwest is a leading supplier of quality exterior building products for all segments of the construction industry across North America.

Our residential line of products includes; steel roofing, stone coated steel roofing, exterior trims and accents, and a variety of polycarbonate coverings perfect for garden sheds, gazebos and more. Our agricultural customers take comfort in knowing Vicwest has the most durable steel roofing and steel cladding products available, along with a multitude of products specific for pole barns and livestock operations. Products suitable for homeowners and agricultural business owners alike are sold exclusively through a nation-wide chain of local building supply retailers.

Experienced Vicwest teams from coast to coast also service projects for the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors. Manufacturer of Steel Roofing, Steel Decking, Insulated Metal Panels, Architectural Panels and Wall panel products; our technical and sales staff are truly specialists in design, estimating and consulting. From basic to the most advanced requirements of project management, and architectural engineering product and field support, Vicwest products and materials have continually advanced to meet the growing needs building communities; pushing the building envelope to an entire new dimension in building design.

When you work with Vicwest you are working with a reputable national company committed to providing customers with quality products and services with the benefit of dealing with local offices and in-house specialists to support your efforts from initial bid to final inspection.

Regardless of the products purchased, our customers have confidence in Vicwest products and service. Vicwest is your partner in achieving the right solution for your next building project.

History

Vicwest Building Products is a Canadian success story with nearly a century of innovation in building technology. With 500 employees working at facilities across the country, Vicwest Building Products is one of Canada’s leading producers of building materials for the exterior envelope. But it’s taken a long time to get there. In fact, Vicwest is celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2015, making it one of the oldest manufacturing companies in the country.

Thomas GreigoireThe company’s roots trace back to a small company, Thomas Greìgoire Inc., which manufactured steel cladding for farm buildings. That company’s namesake, Thomas Greìgoire, was a 26-year-old entrepreneur when, in 1930, he launched his business out of a small rental office in Victoriaville, Que. Vicwest Photo Early Manufacturing Vicwest Photo Manufacturing Plant Initially, the company specialized in corrugated metal roofing that was fast and easy to install – and more fire-resistant than the other options on the market – for the local farming community. During the Second World War industrial production was converted to the war effort, and steel manufacturing companies were perfectly suited for the military’s needs. At facilities across the country, everything from armoured vehicles and fuel tankers to depth charges and shell casings were manufactured.

Vicwest Plant PhotoThe postwar building boom to house all the returning vets and their ever-growing families was also a boon to the company.

In 1953, the company’s name was changed to Vic Metal Inc., in homage to the city it was founded in.

By the 1970s Vic Metal’s building products were being used in large-scale commercial and industrial projects from coast to coast, including Pearson Airport and Rogers Communications’ head office, both in Toronto, and adorning countless churches, car dealerships, and major retail shopping centres.

More recently, Vicwest products have furnished everything from the Richmond Olympic Oval in B.C. and the Parapan Am Games Aquatics Centre, to the new McDonald’s McCafe’s that have been popping up across the country.

In 1987, Vic Metal merged with Westeel, a Winnipeg-based company focused on storage solutions for grains, fertilizers, and liquids used by agricultural producers, to become Vicwest.

In 2004, the year before the joint company’s 100th anniversary, Vicwest became a publicly traded company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Between 2006 and 2010 Vicwest grew rapidly with the opening of its first insulated metal panel manufacturing facility in Hamilton, Ont., followed by a series of acquisitions which included Mercury Metals, Valley Truss and Metal, RCA Metals and, in 2010, the majority interest in All Weather Insulated Panels.

In May 2015 the company became an independent subsidiary of the Kingspan Group PLC, the Ireland-based global leader in insulated panels.

Now, 85 years after Thomas Greìgoire started manufacturing and selling corrugated metal roofing to farmers from his small Victoriaville, Que., factory, Vicwest Building Products continues to provide building solutions to the agricultural, residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional markets making the company the leading brand in the Canadian building envelope market.

Social Responsibility

We only have one world, so treating it with respect is essential at Vicwest.

All of the products manufactured and distributed by Vicwest are engineered to provide the most eco-responsbile options available in the industry. Our metal roofs contain up to 30 per cent recycled material and are 100 per cent recyclable at the end of their service life. This is not the case for other roofing materials that take up significant landfill space at the end of their life. Plus, a metal roof is low maintenance and can last up to 4 times as long as traditional roofing material; meaning that the energy expended in its manufacture, installation, upkeep and renovation is much less than other materials.

The choice of the right building material is also important in green building design. Vicwest’s consulting and engineering teams have superior experience with finishes, substrates, reflectance, emissivity and insulation measures – all of which add up to energy savings!

Metal roofing and cladding is much more energy-efficient in that they naturally reflect light – keeping your home or building cooler in the summer and, when properly insulated, warmer in the winter. When a heat-deflecting coating is applied or a light coloured “cool roof” is selected, metal roofs can reduce summary energy costs by up to 40 per cent.

Moreover, our insulated metal panels also produce industry-leading thermal performance that typically out-performs traditional insulation material by up to 3 times.

At Vicwest, we firmly believe that having environmentally responsible products is only part of the equation. That is why all of our manufacturing processes are designed to produce an absolute minimum impact on the environment and display near zero potential for global warming.

Being a good community citizen is more than just conducting business and employing people.

With 13 locations and 750 employees across the country, active participation in our local communities is one of our key objectives. In fact, we believe that community involvement is one of the best investments that we, as a company, can make.

We invest in our communities by:

  • Encouraging and supporting employees to take an active role in community organizations;
  • Participating in key community initiatives
  • Providing financial assitance, volunteer support and material donations to community and charitable organizations.
  • At Vicwest, we are committed to building strong and vibrant communities, improving quality of life, and making a positive difference in the places where we live and work.

Memberships

Vicwest is committed to representing the building construction industry through active participation in various associations affiliated with our business. Below is a list of Associations Vicwest contributes knowledge, time and financial support to for the future development and promotion of metal in building construction.