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.

Plants that remain part of our printing and packaging network are specified in the text. (As of January 4th, 2018).

1976
  • 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
1978
  • 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
1979
  • 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
1982
  • 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
1984
  • Transcontinental makes its debut on the Montréal Exchange.
Bolsa de Montréal 1984
1985
  • 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 Transmag), 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