2013, 100 YEARS OF SERVICE ! OUR HISTORY ….
In 1913, J. Eugene Choquette obtains his electrician's license and founds the company J. Eugene Choquette Enr., entrepreneur electrician. His son Aime joins him in 1933 as an apprentice. In 1944, Aime Choquette incorporates the company under the name of Choquette & Company Ltd . The company expands to include the sale and repairs of small electrical appliances to its already well established business.
In 1957, fire destroys the building where Choquette & Company is located. While rebuilding, Aime Choquette's focus is mainly on the sale of small appliances and more specifically in the area of repairs of small appliances. It is during this time that Choquette & Company becomes the Authorized Service Agent for various major manufacturers providing on road and in-shop services. Choquette & Company becomes a well respected company and finds itself gradually heading towards commercial kitchen repairs in restaurants and institutions.
In the 1970's, Aime Choquette knowing he is nearing retirement, begins the transition by introducing the business to his son Jean Choquette and his son-in-law Claude Dubeau.
In the 1980's, Choquette & Company Ltd. makes two major acquisitions : “JCW Food Equipment Services” in 1982, and more importantly “Commercial Kitchen Services” (CKS) in 1984. CKS established since 1963, was the largest commercial kitchen equipment repair agency in the Montreal, Quebec City and Ottawa area. From this last acquisition the company Choquette-CKS Inc. is born. The merging of these two companies (Choquette & CKS) creates a service company throughout Quebec and Eastern Ontario, offering a broad range of experience.
Choquette-CKS Inc. is now well connected to major manufacturers of commercial cooking equipment and with the experienced technical knowledge, is able to broaden its services to a vast variety of customers, ranging from snack-bars to the largest industrial and commercial institutions.
In 1988, Choquette-CKS sells its small domestic lines and commits to concentrate on commercial kitchen equipment only. Near the end of the 1980's, Choquette-CKS purchases additional small companies : Charles-Edouard Lamothe in Trois-Rivieres, Nuvotech Inc. (Blakeslee Service), Kitchen Specialties Inc. (service department) and Yvon Blanchette Reg.
In the early 1990's, a decision is made to sell the Quebec City and Ottawa branches. Choquette- CKS Inc. in Quebec City is then owned and operated by Gestion PSL Inc., while Choquette-CKS Inc. in Ottawa is owned and operated by Linton Services (1992) Inc.
In 2011, Gestion PSL offers its shares to Choquette-CKS Montreal after acknowledging that they had no succession to their business.
In the last years, the 4th generation of Choquette joined the company. In 2013, Jonathan Dubeau and Stephanie Dubeau were promoted respectively President and Vice President of the company. These promotions reflect once again, the vision that their great-grandfather, J. Eugene Choquette, foresaw over a 100 years ago.
Choquette-CKS Inc. is a fine tuned team of highly trained individuals with all the state of the art technologies, enabling us to offer a superb quality of diverse services such as : electricity, gas, steam, electronics, refrigeration and welding. The company is also CFESA certified (Commercial Food Equipment Service Association). With all this technical experience and our dedicated administrative personnel, we are able to meet or exceed the needs of our vast clientele.