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.
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.
The 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. 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.
The 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, more than 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.
VICWEST IS BULLFROGPOWERED
At Vicwest Building Products, we recognize the importance of addressing our environmental impact. We are excited to be taking a big step to reduce the carbon emissions footprint of our business with Bullfrog Power. Vicwest Building Products is choosing 100% green natural gas with Bullfrog Power to eliminate the gas-related emissions footprint of our operations by 2020.
Bullfrog Power’s green natural gas is a climate-friendly alternative to conventional, polluting natural gas. Through this innovative technology, biogas is captured, cleaned up, and injected onto the national natural gas pipeline, displacing fossil-fuel based gas and reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
By being bullfrogpowered, we are also supporting the development of new green energy projects in our local community and across Canada. With our support, Bullfrog helps fund new community-based green energy projects across Canada—like solar panels on schools and community centres.
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.
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.
AANB – Architects Association of New Brunswick
AAPEI – Architects Association of Prince Edward Island
ABSDA – Atlantic Building Supply Dealers Association
ACDA – Alberta Cladding & Decking Association
ACQ – Association de la construction du Québec
APCHQ – Association provinciale des constructeurs d’habitations du Québec Inc.
AQMAT – Association québécoise de la quincaillerie et des matériaux de construction
CaGBC – Canadian Green Building Council
CANB – Construction Association of New Brunswick
CANS – Construction Association of Nova Scotia
CAPEI – Construction Association of PEI
CCA – Canadian Construction Association
CFBA – Canadian Farm Builders Association
CISC – Canadian Institute of Steel Construction
CRCA – Canadian Roofing Contractors Association
CSC – Construction Specifications Canada
CSSBI – Canadian Sheet Steel Building Institute
CWB – Canadian Welding Bureau
DCC – Devis de construction Canada
IACSC – International Association Cold Storage Construction
IAPD – International Association of Plastic Distribution
LBMAO – Lumber and Building Materials Association Ontario
MCA – Metal Construction Association
NAA – Newfoundland Association of Architects
NSAA – Nova Scotia Association of Architects
OBEC – Ontario Building Envelope Council
RAIC – Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
RCABC – Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia
SDI – Steel Deck Institute
WRLA – Western Retail Lumber Association