It was in February 1952, that Robert Hewitt founded Hewitt Equipment Limited (Hewitt). Originally, Hewitt started with approximately 40 employees operating from a parts and sales office in downtown Montreal, a service shop in Rosemont and a branch operation in Quebec City. It was in these conditions that the Company successfully completed its first major project, supplying and supporting the equipment to build the Q.N.S. & L. railroad from Sept-Îles to Schefferville. Today, Hewitt has a network of over 50 branches in Quebec and Western Labrador.
In 1995, Hewitt acquired Atlantic Tractors & Equipment Ltd. (Atlantic Cat), which was founded in 1927 and employs over 500 people. With eight branches, Atlantic Cat is the Cat dealer for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Its markets are very similar to those of Hewitt and the two Companies work in close collaboration on many fronts including, among others, marine engine installation.
In 2001, Hewitt launched Hewitt Material Handling Inc., a Cat lift truck dealer for most of Ontario. HMH now has four branches which employ over 200 employees and offer material handling and warehousing solutions.
With the opening of the first rental stores in 2000 and the creation in 2002 of its subsidiary Hewitt Rentals Inc., Hewitt adds another feather to its cap. Under the Cat Rental Store banner, Hewitt offers short-term rentals of a wide range of compact tools and equipment to answer business and general public daily needs. With over 100 employees and 30 stores throughout Quebec and the Maritimes, Hewitt Rentals Inc. is well-positioned to become the major player in the tool and equipment rental industry. In 2002, Hewitt celebrated its 50th anniversary. In 50 years, Hewitt was involved in multiple major projects that marked the Quebec we know today.
In 2004, Hewitt acquired Montréal Hydraulique 04 Inc., a Jungheinrich lift truck dealer which specializes in hydraulic and pneumatic component system sales and repairs in addition to cylinder manufacturing. Montréal Hydraulique is based in Saint-Hubert and employs approximately 30 people.
Acquisition of the responsibility for the sales, marketing and product support for the Metso product line.
The Hewitt Group breaks through the one billion dollar mark.
Hewitt Equipment Limited celebrates its 60th anniversary and Atlantic Cat, its subsidiary, celebrates its 85th anniversary.
In 2012, the ERP Solution, aimed at mordernizing our systems and processes, is implemented throughout the eight Atlantic Cat branches.
Hewitt and Atlantic assume responsibility for the Sales, Marketing and Product Support for the entire range of Cat Mining Equipment including existing Bucyrus machines operating in our Service Territory.
The ERP Solution is implemented throughout all the Hewitt Equipment Limited branches across Quebec.
Acquisition of Trimble, a dealer of machine control and site positioning systems, for Quebec and Western Labrador. SITECH QM Limited is a subsidiary for the Sales and Support of advanced technology on all brands of equipment, including Cat.
Hewitt Material Handling opens two branches in Ottawa and in Belleville, in Ontario.
Today the Hewitt Group has over 2,150 Employees and a network of 46 branches in Quebec, Western Labrador, the Maritimes and Ontario.
We are growing all the while maintaining our 2018 Vision.