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RefPlus Inc.
International

www.refplus.com / HQ: St. Hubert, Quebec / Mathieu Cardinal, president: "Our line of equipment is very
efficient in terms of energy costs and protecting the environment, and innovation is always top of mind at RefPlus."

lean manufacturing processes
help refplus accommodate
the level of growth it is
experiencing.

High Standards

refplus aims to gain marketshare by offering
improved solutions to clients. by janice hoppe
As the leading manufacturer of
custom refrigeration equipment in
Canada, RefPlus has its sights set on
achieving that designation throughout
North America with its high-quality
and energy-efficient products. "Our
product line of equipment is very efficient in terms of energy costs and protecting the environment, and innovation is always top of mind at RefPlus,"
President Mathieu Cardinal says.
For more than 20 years, the St. Hubert, Quebec-based company has specialized in custom-built refrigeration
equipment that meets its customers'

specific demands. As a privately held
company, RefPlus says its product
customization and use of top-quality
components set it apart from larger
competitors. "From the order process
to engineering and production, we
have everything set up so we can efficiently build custom equipment that
our customers' desire," Cardinal says.
In June 2012, Cardinal and a team
of investors purchased RefPlus and
injected a significant amount of equity into the company to modernize
it and increase productivity. "We
hired key, industry experienced

people, purchased new equipment
and employed the best consultants
to help us be more efficient and improve productivity," he explains.
"We instituted lean manufacturing in the plant and in the offices
so we could accommodate a lot of
the growth that's happening now.
The goal for the next couple of years
is to keep improving productivity
through lean manufacturing and by
acquiring the latest manufacturing
equipment that's available."

Proprietary Technology
RefPlus has developed its own quotation software to give customers access through an online portal to design and price their own equipment.
"We train them how to use it and the
platform allows them to change the
number of tubes or the size of the
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