Built at a cost of $16 million, the Maison Lavande perfume house’s new factory will have control over all its operations and increase its productivity by subcontracting more customers.
Maison Lavande has been moving into a new factory premises, La Fabrique des Filles, in the Sainte-Eustache industrial park since last spring. The run-in of customized equipment to create and package its perfume products has just been completed, explained Nancy Ferran, co-owner and vice president of Maison Lavande.
“We have made-to-measure packaging machines. It takes a long time to master, it takes a lot of trial and error, and it requires a lot of adaptation within the team, but after this break-in period, we will be ready to open to other customers,” she explains.
It is made from plants
Most of Maison Lavande’s beauty and home cleaning products produced at the new plant are made from 100,000 lavender plants grown in its fields 7 kilometers away. The company also subcontracts products for other companies, accounting for 20% of its production.
“There aren’t many labs our size and it’s very demanding. The rest are either too big, and take out contracts with the least amount of products to be made, or are too small,” explains Nancy Ferran.
Built at a cost of $16 million, the new 64,000 sq ft factory premises now house the company’s administrative offices, laboratory, manufacturing and product packaging areas and an online store.
Elegant, illuminated by large windows, equipped with a huge central coffee bar and a cactus garden, the building was designed by architect Jean-Francois Dupuis and interior designer Marie-Eve Issa to make working there very pleasant for the forty employees. Women, Nancy Ferran explains.
“Even in the warehouses there are windows everywhere that overlook the surrounding fields. For people who are used to working in factories, it will be a life changer”, enthuses the entrepreneur.
Established in 2009
Since founding Maison Lavande in 2009, Nancy Ferran and her husband, Daniel Jonet, now Vice President and President, have realized their dream of creating a great perfume house. Their two daughters, Marjoline and Florence, have been involved in the company for ten years, with Marjoline as brand manager and vice president of communications in 2020, and Florence as general manager of both companies.
In addition to being sold online and in-store, Maison Lavande products are available in six stores: Laval, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Saint-Bruno, Chicoutimi and Quebec. “Opening a boutique in Montreal might be one of our next projects,” says Nancy Ferran.