• Garaga garage door history


    Garaga garage door history

    Founded in 1983, Garaga is one of the leading manufacturers of garage doors and overhead doors in Canada. Garaga designs and manufactures superior garage doors for the residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial markets. Garaga's distribution network spans across Canada, the United States, Central & South America and the Middle East.

    1983

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    In 1983, at the age of 26, the opportunity for Michel Gendreau to realize his dream presents itself. He discovers that he can purchase the assets of a garage door manufacturing company located in Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada. Garaga is born.

    Michel Gendreau pledges to offer a higher quality product and better customer service than what exists at the time. The first product from Garaga, previously unknown in Canada, is a light insulated aluminum garage door in a choice of six colors.

      Garaga manufacturing plant in 1983

    1983 - The first plant of Garaga



    Michel Gendreau, President of Garaga garage doors at the age of 26

    1983 - Michel Gendreau at the age of 26



    Garaga garage doors manufacturing plant in 1986

    1986 - Garaga plant in 1986



    Garaga garage doors hardware production

    1990 - The hardware section



    Garaga garage doors manufacturing plant in Barrie, Ontario

    1995 - Plant in Barrie



    Garaga garage doors new manufacturing plant in St-Georges, Quebec

    2000 - The new plant construction



    Cambridge - New Garaga garage door in 2011

    2011 - The new Cambridge garage door

    1986

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    Garaga invests $1.2 million (USD) in the construction of a new plant in St-Georges.

    1990

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    Garaga launches its own production line for residential and commercial garage door hardware.

    1991

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    Garaga lands a $2.5 million contract to produce insulated panels used for thermal reinforcement of a hydroelectric dam in Northern Quebec. The project pushes Garaga into developing higher production standards that will later be used to meet ISO requirements.

    1993

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    Garaga launches the first steel doors, the Standard+ (residential) and the G-5000 (commercial). Both doors combine galvanized steel with five coats of polyester paint and polyurethane foam insulation.

    1995

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    With the development of markets in Ontario, western Canada, and the U.S. Great Lakes region, Garaga opens a new 40,000-sq-ft. manufacturing plant in Barrie, Ontario.

    1996

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    The company develops a network of distributor specializing in sales, installation and repair of garage door system called Garaga Experts. The goal is to provide its end users an unlimited peace of mind.

    Garaga is among the first garage door manufacturers to launch a fully functional Web site, www.garaga.com.
     

    1997

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    Garaga becomes the first manufacturer of garage doors in Canada to achieve ISO 9002 certification for its manufacturing process.

    1999

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    As the year 2000 approaches, Garaga changes its name from Garaga Doors (2000) to Garaga, Inc.

    2000

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    Garaga builds a new 128,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing plant in St-Georges to add a second production line for two new 26-gauge steel doors, the Standard+ MIX and the Standard+ XL.

    2003

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    Garaga's garage door manufacturing operations in St. Georges, QC and Barrie, ON are both certified under the 2000 version of the ISO-9001 standard . By successfully completing the transition from the ISO 9002 standard to the latest ISO 9001 standard in November 2003, Garaga reaches another milestone, demonstrating its commitment to the continuous improvement of its quality system as well as its garage door systems and services.

    Garaga launched a very useful tool for his client, an extranet, which is named GaragaNet. This system is an extended online support for its clients.

    2005

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    Garaga invests in new equipment at its St-Georges plant to produce the North Hatley, the first new carriage-style steel door for its Township Collection.

    2006

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    Garaga adds 30,000 sq. ft. to its Barrie plant (total: 75,000 sq.ft.) to produce the Alterna series of 24-gauge steel doors. The commercial version is the G-8000 or the G-8500.

    2007

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    Garaga launches the Eastman Estate, the first Canadian-made garage door with decorative PVC overlays.

    2008

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    The company celebrates its 25th anniversary (1983-2008) in addition to officially launch the CarGOTM residential door opener.
    2010

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    A new garage door is available on the market and it has been named Stratton 138.

    2011

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    Garaga launches the Cambridge which blends vintage urban styling with Garaga’s highest standards for quality, energy efficiency, and durability.