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Metal Corbert, Grand-Mère, QC BY NESTOR GULA

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hen recessions or economic downturns hit, companies unfortunately close their doors. The buildings stand empty for a while until some brave entrepreneur steps forward, feeling a sprightly fresh breeze in the economic air and repurposes the once closed building to suit their needs. Although not unheard of, it is rare to see a very similar business open up in the same

spot as the one that went under. Metal Corbert, in Grand-Mère, Quebec is such a company. The land where the company is situated used to be owned by Group Fermont, a metal shop that was around for about 18 years and closed its doors in 2008. Lucie Godin, the general manager for Metal Corbert, had a front row seat to this tale— she was the shop manager of the defunct Group Fermont. “Group Fermont went bankrupt about six years ago, then a third party bought the shop and formed Metal Corbert in 2011,” she says. “The new owner is a company called Gilbert Towing…a full transport company that bought Group Fermont and started Metal Corbert.” According to Godin, one of the strengths of Metal Corbert is being owned by a freight company. “They ship the plate here. It gets

Machitech product specialist, Patrick Salois, and Metal Corbert’s general manager Lucie Godin stand in front of the company’s Machitech plasma cutter. PHOTO: NESTOR GULA

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