A historic milestone

A historic milestone
Local politicians, and Jtekt management and workers, gathered for the Bedford company’s 140th anniversary (Photo : William Crooks)

Celebrating 140 years of Jtekt in Bedford

By William Crooks

Local Journalism Initiative

On a sunny June 13 morning in Bedford, a momentous occasion was marked at the Jtekt factory, celebrating 140 years of continuous operation. The event was highlighted by speeches from notable guests, reflecting on the company’s rich history and its significant role in the community.

The gathering commenced with the factory’s new director, Mark Raymond, who expressed his mixed feelings of nervousness and immense pride. “It’s an incredible achievement for our factory, and I’m very happy to be here with you today to celebrate this extraordinary milestone for our family,” he said.

The event was graced by several distinguished guests, including representatives from Bedford’s city council. In attendance were Marie-Josée Lamothe and Pierre Le Blanc, city councillors; Richard Joyal, the city’s general director; and Claude Dubois, the Mayor of Bedford.

Additionally, Isabelle Charest, the MNA for Brome-Missisquoi and Quebec’s Minister responsible for Sports, Recreation, and Outdoors, was present. Representing Pascale St-Onge, MP for Brome-Missisquoi and Minister of Canadian Heritage, was her political attaché, Chantal Levesque. The audience warmly applauded the former factory director, Luc Jarry, who has recently retired.

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