Press release

Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ Chaudière-Appalaches Invests $1.5 Million in Thetford Honda to Support Ownership Transfer

With 7 businesses supported in 2018-2019, Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ Chaudière—Appalaches injected more than $7.2 million in the local economy



  • In fiscal 2018-2019, the Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ Chaudière-Appalaches invested $7,204,475 in seven regional companies.
  • The partner companies are: Électro Beauce, Étic Produits Plein-Air, Germain Daigle Excavation, Groupe S.S., Location de Beauce (1983), Maisons Laprise and Thetford Honda.
  • Since its creation in 1996, the Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ Chaudière-Appalaches has invested $53.7 million in the region.


Thetford Mines, June 17, 2019 – The Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ Chaudière-Appalaches has invested $1.5 million in Thetford Honda, an automobile dealership that sells and services new Honda vehicles and different models of pre-owned vehicles in Thetford Mines and the surrounding area. This investment was one of seven made in 2018-2019, bringing the total to over $7.2 million for the FRS Chaudière-Appalaches.

The Thetford Honda dealership was founded at the end of the 1970s by Michel Cloutier and was acquired by Denis Carrier in 1988. The dealership’s general and sales manager, Steve Poulin, became a shareholder in 2014 with a view to eventually taking over the reins. The financing granted by the FRS Chaudière-Appalaches is therefore part of a succession project in which Mr. Poulin takes over from Mr. Carrier and becomes the sole shareholder of Thetford Honda.

“We are fortunate to have the FRS Chaudière-Appalaches by our side to guide us and make this transition easier. Thanks to them, we will be able to continue developing the market in the region we serve while maintaining the unbeatable after-sales service that is an integral part of our trademark for both new and used vehicles,” said Steve Poulin, President and CEO of Thetford Honda.

“Our investment teams are interested in companies that operate in a wide variety of sectors. Their common denominator is that they demonstrate vision and develop promising projects to ensure their growth and expansion. Thetford Honda is a good example in this regard and we’re proud to support such dynamic entrepreneurs so as to ensure a smooth ownership transfer within their management team. This company makes a tangible contribution to our positive results in the regional economy,” added  Jean Roy, Regional Vice-President, Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ Chaudière- Appalaches and Québec City.

A well-entrenched and healthy FRS network

In fiscal 2018-2019, the Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ invested a total of $120,662,030 in 117 Québec businesses. This was an exceptionally strong year in terms of investments and number of files handled since the creation of the Fonds régionaux in 1996.

Thanks to the Fonds régionaux, we’ve been able to develop a strong network on the ground and boost our presence in every region of Québec. Our investment teams and board members are very close to the business communities they serve. They are therefore well placed to understand local issues and propose financing solutions that meet the needs of the region’s entrepreneurs. These solid results attest to the strength of our network and our contribution to the vitality of the regional economy,” concluded Luc Pinard, President and CEO of the Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ.


About the Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ

The Fonds régionaux de solidarité FTQ have been participating in the economic development of Québec’s regions for over 23 years. An integral part of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ network, the Fonds régionaux have invested $918 million in 1,434 projects since their inception in 1996, helping to create, maintain or protect 51,846 jobs.


About Thetford Honda

Located in Thetford Mines, Thetford Honda offers the complete line of new Honda vehicles and stocks a vast inventory of different models of pre-owned vehicles. An experienced, dynamic team delivers an uncompromising level of after-sales service and makes customer satisfaction a priority at all times.


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