• Who are we?

    The strength of our brand is the quality of our products. The strength of our company is the trustworthiness of our team.

    Who are we?

    We are a third-generation family business, founded in Sherbrooke in 1968. DE LA FONTAINE designs and manufactures steel doors and frames.
     

    A LOCAL BUSINESS WITH A GLOBAL REPUTATION

    Design and performance: this is the balance that our designers, engineers and production teams strive for every day. Design, with innovative solutions and collections that let architects create custom openings. Performance, with steel doors and metal frames that meet the most stringent security, durability and fire-resistance standards. 

    In commercial settings, our doors and frames can be found in such diverse locations as the Aéroport de Montréal (Canada), the Pentagon (USA), the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (USA), the American Embassy in Bangkok (Thailand), the Hong Kong Central Police Station, the Ritz-Carlton Aruba (Lesser Antilles), and the San Domingo Hospital (Dominican Republic), as well as countless schools, residences, and industrial facilities around the world.

    DE LA FONTAINE at a glance 

    • Three production factories
      • Sherbrooke (QC) Canada: factory and headquarters
      • Woburn, MA, and Hyattsville, MD, USA: production centers
    • Certified ISO 9001:2008
    • Cutting-edge technological equipment 
    • R&D center that includes a custom furnace for the development of fire-resistant doors and frames

    A FAMILY HISTORY… OF INNOVATION

    Important Dates

    1968 

    Incorporation of DE LA FONTAINE in Sherbrooke by Gérald de La Fontaine. A visionary, he is the first in the Eastern Townships market to offer interior doors with pre-assembled frames to facilitate installation.

    1973 

    The company moves to its current location on Brodeur Street, occupying 12,000 square feet. The additionnal space is needed for the manufacturing of new products: frames in 18, 20 and 22 gauge steel for the apartment block market.

    1976 

    DE LA FONTAINE expands in Quebec thanks to several partnerships; the most significant among them is the new site in Chambly.

    1982 

    The second generation arrives on the scene as Robert de La Fontaine suceeds his father. DE LA FONTAINE has now become standard of reference in wood trims, moldings and interior doors.

    1986 

    The company expands its operations in the US: René Bouchard, previously responsible for sales, leaves Sherbrooke for Hartford, CT. He opens the first US warehouse and develops the commercial construction market with heavier-duty steel frames.

    1989 

    Mass production of the first steel door begins.

    1993 

    Steel is adopted for all door and frame production. Operations for wood trim, molding and interior door production and distribution are transferred to the Chambly factory.

    1995 

    Increased development in the US market is driven by a partnership with Paul Smoot, supported by René Bouchard, who has now joined Smoot Associates.

    1998 

    The "Toyota" management model and added-value production principles are adopted. The factory is restructured to improve efficiencies and reduce delivery time.

    1999 

    The company is well established in the US Northeast. France, Richard and Anie de La Fontaine have all joined their brother Robert in investing in the family business. Robert expands the facility and reorganizes the offices and employee service area.

    2002 

    A difficult period forces the closure of the factory in Chambly, Qc.

    2005 

    Installation of a punching machine and laser, which lead to increase flexibility, reorganization of manufacturing methods and the ability to offer new products.

    2007 

    Expansion of the Sherbrooke facility to accommodate a new painting line. The factory now occupies 60,000 square feet.

    2009 

    Market launch of a line of prefinished products with flexible designs that combine performance and esthetics while maintaining fire-resistance standards.

    2010 

    Transformation of the Woburn, MA warehouse into a flexible factory. DE LA FONTAINE reaffirms its support to New England based distributors with an ultra-fast 24-48 hour delivery timeframe.

    2011 

    International development: the company's reputation gains notoriety in new markets (Middle East, Latin America, etc.).

    2012 

    The third generation joins the company: the arrival of Gabriel de La Fontaine and Ghyslain Dubois brings new dreams, new ideas and new energy.

    2013 

    Major investments in machinery and information technology, as well as the renovation and expansion of the Sherbrooke facility in order to support current and future growth at DE LA FONTAINE.

    2014 

    Launch of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 integrated management software.

    2016

    3rd expansion of the Sherbrooke factory with a 15,000 ft2 addition

     

    2017

    Official launch of Microsoft Dynamics AX

    2017

    Acquisition of Lindstrom Corporation in Maryland, USA 

     

     

    OUR BRAND PARTNERS, AROUND THE WORLD 

    DE LA FONTAINE is currently working on a wide variety of international projects, in collaboration with local partners who share our vision of excellence. In the Middle East, for example, professionals from Qatar Metal Industries (QMI) act as DE LA FONTAINE'S representatives in the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait).