Mr. Giacomo (Jacques) Paschini, who is a native of the Friuli region of Italy, founded his family business « AU DRAGON FORGÉ » in Ste.Rose, Laval.
Until the early 1980s, his company specialized in the production of wrought-iron products, primarily for the residential construction market in Quebec.
The founder passed the control of the family business to the second generation of Paschinis.
The new management, Jean, Pierre and Marise Paschini refocused ADF’s activities on the production of structural steel for the non-residential construction industry in Quebec and Ontario, and developed an expertise in increasingly complex steel structures and architectural metalworks.
The Corporation developed its presence in North America and on international markets. The Corporation first targeted the Southeastern markets where it established a foothold in 1992 to better serve its new markets. Since then, Canada and the United States are the main markets of ADF, which also carried out several projects in countries abroad, such as South America, North Africa and the Caribbean.
To meet the growing demand for its products and services, ADF relocated its Canadian operations in a new, larger and more modern fabrication plant in Terrebonne, Quebec.
Since its inauguration, the plant more than tripled in size reaching 58,530 m2 (630,000 square feet) today.
In addition, thanks to the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment and automated production lines, and its qualified workforce, the fabrication capacity of its Terrebonne complex is about 100,000 tons per year.
In order to pursue its growth, ADF Group Inc. became a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) under the ticker symbol “DRX”.
In December 2013, the Corporation will commission a new 9,290 m2 (100,000 square feet) fabrication plant built on a 100 acres industrial lot (4.4 million square feet) in Great Falls, Montana, U.S.A. ADF’s new complex is adjacent to a large fabrication and pre-assembly yard designed, among others, for large-scale fabrication work, such as modular construction.