FROM TEXEL TO ALKEGEN
1967 is the year of the foundation of Texel, by the Chassé group. In its early days, the company had only two employees. At that time, the total area was 10,240 square feet spread over two floors.
The company made mainly bedcovers and non-woven felts for the shoe industry. The non-woven felts replaced the wool felts that were found especially in winter boots.
It is step by step that Texel's products replace the woven fabrics already used by customers. At that time, the needling process was a novelty in Quebec. The company's turnover was approximately 50,000$.
In 1969, the total area is doubled to 20,992 square feet,to make room for a second production line. In 1970,plant staff doubled to eight employees and two manufacturing agents. Texel begins the production of specialty non-wovens for sports applications for companies such as Cooper and CCM.
In 1971, a third expansion took place to make way for a third production line called L01 and this increase the area to 26,368 square feet. It produces 100% viscose felts for making hats. In 1973, the plant has 12 production employees.
In 1974, Texel hired its first production manager and a mechanic for a total of 14 employees. We are also starting to produce synthetic fur.
One year later, Texel expanded on two levels. A fourth production line is added called L04 and two ovens.
In 1976, while the Olympic Games were held in Montreal, Texel developed its first geotextiles based on French products. The range of products is marketed under the name « Series 76 » in a blink to its marketing year. A trailer is installed in front of the factory as an office. Slowly, but surely, Texel is expanding.