LaSalle Canvas Inc. was established in 1962, like many companies, out of the founder’s garage. That garage was located in the borough of LaSalle, on the Island of Montreal, which is the genesis of the company’s name. The company started out as a repair shop, repairing tarps, tents and various fabric and rope products. From there the business evolved beyond repairing into the manufacture of products in the industrial textiles, rope, netting and webbing arenas, supplying industrial, safety and recreational markets.
In the Late 60’s LaSalle Canvas moved to its current location on Elmslie Street in LaSalle, where we have remained ever since, including several expansions. While our product lines continued to evolve, we became a supplier to many smaller customers making similar products for their end customers. That led to our current production model as a contract manufacturer to the recreational markets while continuing to serve some legacy industrial markets.
As we became more of a supplier to the other manufacturers in our industry, we also began to source additional fabrics and accessories for those customers, to help them meet their manufacturing needs. This resulted in the addition of a distribution arm of our business, which evolved to become the main focus of the company, as it stands today.
This rather unexpected evolution, from manufacturer to becoming a distributor with contract manufacturing capabilities, has afforded us a unique position. We are not just a purveyor of products, but also a knowledgeable consultant and partner in the realization of many of our customers’ projects. As a result of our manufacturing experience, we not only carry a vast inventory of some of the highest quality products available to our industry today, but we are also extremely knowledgeable about the strengths and weaknesses of each product and the applications to which they are best suited. We carry only the highest quality versions of the products we offer, because we know the difference in the results obtained from using them. That also includes only working with suppliers who have the integrity to stand by their products and support us in our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.
Lasalle Canvas remains a family owned and operated business, with 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation family members working alongside the rest of the team to continue to deliver on the philosophy that has been at the heart of our company from the outset of its existence, which is to insure that our customers always feel that we have their best interests at heart and that we will do everything we can to help them reach their goals. We take a long term approach to our business, choosing to view both our suppliers and our customers as partners in our business and treating each transaction as a building block in strengthening our relationships with those partners.