Creation and development – 1976-1985

In 1976, Rémi Marcoux founded Transcontinental with Claude Dubois and André Kingsley. Since our early days in printing, it has been a wonderful growth story driven by a profound desire to always serve our customers better. This was the decade that saw the company enter the world of publishing and list its shares on the stock market.

  • Transcontinental is born. Rémi Marcoux and his partners, Claude Dubois and André Kingsley, acquire Imprimerie Trans-Continental, a printing company located in the Montréal suburb of Saint-Laurent, that was in financial difficulty. Specializing in flyer printing, the company employs 100 people and generates revenues of $2.9 million in its first year.
Remi Marcoux 1976
  • A second business sector is added to the company with the creation of Publi-Home Distributors, a door-to-door flyer distributor. 
  • The company adopts a new name: G.T.C. Transcontinental Group Ltd.
GTC 1078 , mpm 1978
  • Creation of Transcontinental Publications with the purchase of the weekly newspaper Les Affaires and SIC magazine (now Les Affaires PLUS), marking the creation of a third business sector: publishing.
  • Transcontinental acquires Imprimerie Chartier (now Transcontinental Saint-Hyacinthe), located on Montréal’s South Shore. This will be a pivotal acquisition for the company, enabling it to pursue its expansion and heralding the printing outsourcing offer it provides to major newspaper publishers today.
Imprimerie Chartier 1979 , Les Affaires 1979
  • Transcontinental makes its first foray outside Québec, opening a flyer printing plant in Brampton, Ontario, with the aim of better meeting the needs of retailers on a broader geographic scale. This plant, now Transcontinental Brampton, moves to its new facility in 1991.
  • The Publishing Sector also continues to grow with the acquisition of Revue Commerce, a business magazine published by the Chamber of Commerce of Montreal since 1896.
Brampton 1982
  • Transcontinental makes its debut on the Montréal Exchange.
Bolsa de Montréal 1984
  • Transcontinental lists its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
  • The company diversifies its printing operations with the acquisition of two Transmag plants in Montréal (now Transcontinental Anjou), a company specializing in newspaper and commercial product printing. 
  • The company also expands its operations outside Québec with the acquisition of Perry Graphics in Calgary.
Bourse de Toronto 1985