Honorary Distinction for Founder of Simard Suspensions

The Order of Merit honorary distinction highlights the exceptional contributions by some of the citizens of Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec to the development of the community. The founder of Simard Suspensions, André-Marie Simard, recently received this award.

Simard’s interest in load distribution deficiencies in heavy vehicles began in the 1950s at his father’s shop. In 1983, he took over Emmanuel Simard et Fils Inc. and carried out his first modifications, adding a second front axle which made it possible to safely increase the load capacity, profitability, comfort, maneuverability and longevity of the trucks.

In 1992, Simard obtained his first Canadian and American patents for the AMS tandem spring front suspension. These innovations soon gained a reputation within the Americas markets. Mr. Simard developed several other suspensions for which he would also obtain patents.

Firmly attached to his roots, Mr. Simard’s priority has always been to encourage local know-how and promote the development of his region. Simard Suspensions has never stopped supporting cultural, community and sports initiatives — actions always aimed to energize the community.

Today, nearly 200 employees design, manufacture and install these innovative solutions. To date, nearly 25,000 trucks have passed through the Baie-Saint-Paul facility to receive conversions from Simard Suspensions. André-Marie Simard has made the family business an undisputed leader in the vocational truck industry. He has promoted his region and the Quebec province throughout the Americas, significantly contributing to Canadian innovation.