By Paul Fitzgerald
The business landscape here in the Town of Oakville just got a bit more interesting and shinier too.
You see, local resident Denis Menard has just unveiled his new company - one that is expected to create jobs and put the town on the map as a leader in the distribution of the finest polishes and cleaners’ money can buy.
His company, D.A.Distributors on Winston Park Drive, is now the official Canadian distributor of Milsek, whose head office is in Petersburg, Ohio.
Milsek offers a unique array of cleaners and has been in business since 1914. Next year the company will celebrate its 100th anniversary and this is the first time in its history they have expanded at the international level.
“Milsek’s expansion into Canada, in particular Oakville, is great news for our local economy,” says Menard.
“They see value here on many levels. They know Oakville is full of business leaders in every industry and they know we have a skilled and ambitious workforce. Their move to grow here means a big win for Oakville.”
Menard has been active in appliance industry and over the years he has become more than familiar with the company’s products.
“For almost 100 years they have been trusted by discriminating homeowners, antique dealers, restorers, collectors, carpenters, and musicians to protect their wooden valuables,” he says.
“Most of their customers are multiple repeat buyers, and new customers usually come from referrals. That says it all about how great their products are.”
After researching the industry, Menard knew Canada needed a trusted brand for polishes and cleaners.
“I wanted to get involved in the industry as an entrepreneur, so I approached them and asked if I could run their Canadian division. Sure enough, they said yes, and the rest is history.”
D.A.Distributors now distributes cleaners for leather, antiques, and stainless steel as well as furniture polish.
Local workers now want in on the action. Last week Menard and his team held job interviews for over 200 applicants.
Blair Stevenson has been looking for steady work and hopes he makes the roster.
“It all sounds promising,” says Stevenson. “A new company offering jobs for locals is awesome news.”
Amanda Stinson echoes these same words. “People out there are always looking for new opportunities. The new distribution facility is a prime example of how Oakville is innovative and business savvy.”
Menard’s company is now getting orders from across the nation by the thousands.
“The future is looking mighty clean,” laughs Menard. “We know our business will become a household name right across the country.”