Bestar’s long history began in Sainte-Martine de Courcelles, with the foundation of the company by Jean-Marie Tardif. At the time, the company manufactured assembled fine craft furniture, such as coffee tables, solid wood rocking chairs and bookstands. The name of the company is formed by the first letters from the names of its two founding directors: J. Besner and J.M. Tardif.
The first landmark year of Bestar’s timeline. The factory has become too small; Bestar moves to Saint-Sébastien. Daily production is around one hundred bookstands.
Bestar establishes its plant in Lac-Mégantic and, in 1969, transfers its headquarter to the same location. The company employs thirty people, including a young new “recruit”: Paulin, son of Marie-Paule and Jean-Marie.
In order to benefit from the abundance of good-quality chipboard available on the market, Bestar significantly changes its manufacturing processes.
Bestar undertakes major expansion projects, increasing its factory area and acquiring high-tech equipment. This automation brings a greater production capacity.
Bestar becomes a public company, and is welcomed by the market as a major manufacturer of ready-to-assemble furniture specializing in audio-video and office furniture for home and small businesses.
That same year, Bestar is visited by the winners of the Stanley Cup, and we wish to thank the Montreal Canadians who made this event possible.
The products manufactured by Bestar are mostly designed for children: car-shaped beds, bedroom furniture decorated with Disney characters, and furniture specifically designed for the Nintendo.
BESTAR obtained its first ISO 9001 certification. During this period, the company focused exclusively on manufacturing office furniture, a product in high demand.
Bestar celebrates its 50th anniversary. Jean-Marie Tardif, founder, receives a painting depicting his early days in the business of making furniture. He is accompanied by his granddaughter, Michelle Tardif, his son Paulin Tardif and his wife, Marie-Paule. Again, Bestar undertakes a major expansion project to increase the size of the plant.
The early 2000s mark the introduction of computerized manufacturing processes and order management systems.
Significant investments (approximately $6 million) allow improvements to the equipment in order to increase flexibility, quality and productivity.
To follow market demand, Bestar adopts a flexible production line. The new tools give Bestar the ability to produce smaller, just-in-time orders. Bestar can now answer a customer request almost instantaneously. In addition, the introduction of the 100% recyclable packaging marks the company going green.