The story of Simard Suspensions began nearly a century ago, in 1935. It was then that Emmanuel Simard founded a forge that would stay in business for nearly five decades.
In 1983, Emmanuel left the company to his son, André-Marie. The forge gained new momentum thanks to André-Marie’s broad vision. Through his own ingenuity, he obtained a patent for a spring tandem suspension. This innovative type of suspension maximized the capacity and load balancing of heavy trucks. Other patents for pneumatic and tridem suspensions quickly followed.
Simard Suspensions products began to gain popularity in the rest of Canada and North America. In 2000, the company moved its assembly plant to a more spacious location, while keeping its roots in Baie-St-Paul. Thanks to the company’s reputation with Mack Trucks, production continued to increase and the first modified trucks were exported to Chile.
In 2003, Simard Suspensions opened a new assembly plant in Stony Plain, Alberta, in order to be closer to its growing customer base in Western Canada. In 2006, the company adopted a production system that included both a continuous improvement process and quality assurance program. Business continued to grow. In 2008, the main plant doubled in size.
In 2009, André-Marie retired and David Tremblay became the new owner of the company. Simard Suspensions began to broaden its expertise and also its appeal to heavy truck owners. The company’s identity was gradually shaped by its mastery of the transformation of all-wheel drive trucks and its knowledge of electro-hydraulic technologies.
In late 2016, the company expanded again to allow for the integration of new machinery that would permanently improve the quality of delivered parts. In this way, the recognized quality of Simard Suspensions reached new heights.
Simard Suspensions is present across North and South America. The company is recognized by all Class 8 truck manufacturers as a specialist in specialized suspension and load balancing.
Simard Suspensions continues to forge strong ties with manufacturers of highly specialized equipment. The company holds various agreements and partnerships with both American and Canadian suppliers, as well as exclusive distribution agreements with european companies.
Since 2011, Simard Suspensions has been designing and manufacturing heavy mining and industrial trucks under the name of Dramis. With nearly 100 years of history and a variety of advanced technologies, Dramis products offer the most efficient cost per ton in the industry.