PEOPLE AND TECHNOLOGIES
Working with us is different
Our team gathers every day with one goal in mind: to create an experience like no other for everyone around us. At PT, we want to offer something more. Through our passion, energy, expertise and commitment, we strive to have a meaningful impact on people’s lives — the kind that leaves a lasting impression.
We are long term
Right from the start, we invest the time and energy necessary to master the science and technology behind the products we offer. Why does it matter? Because this knowledge allows us to connect our technologies with real market needs, creating products that are relevant today — and for years to come.
We are manufacturers
Our technologies would be pointless if we couldn’t bring them to the people they’re designed to benefit. At PT, subcontracting is the exception, not the rule. We do things ourselves and, when no manufacturing processes exist to support our ambitions, we invent them.
We are glocal
We’re a global company. Yet we believe the true value of our worldwide presence rests in the deep roots our teams have established locally. Being local translates into tailored offers, but most importantly, custom support throughout the life cycle of our products. Because when we commit, we commit for good.
We build lasting relationships
At PT, we care. Not just about each other, but about everyone who crosses our path. Our open, transparent Culture motivates us to build genuine partner relationships. That’s how we make a difference as a company. Because for us, people matter.
There are those who seek to create new products. And there are companies like Premier Tech that redefine the very process of innovation.
Premier Tech is the story of one team, and of how we’ve constantly reinvented our approach to business and challenged existing paradigms to deliver on our commitments.
It all starts with two brothers, who, building on the success of the family business in Germany, emigrate to the United States to market sphagnum peat moss. Premier Tech imports its first products and distributes them under the Premier Peat Moss label, with the slogan “Makes soils alive, gardens thrive.”
Together, we have developped a long-term vision allowing us to make the well-planned, well-timed decisions required to master our destiny.
Premier Tech begins peat harvesting operations in North America. The company’s newfound manufacturing know-how compounds its expertise as an importer and distributor, allowing it to grow the business by developing new product offerings. Securing access to raw materials marks a crucial milestone in Premier Tech’s evolution, and remains a defining characteristic of who we are today.
At Premier Tech, we’ve always loved challenges — and challenging our assumptions. It’s how we push our limits and redefine markets in each of our businesses.
Drawing on Cornell University research, Premier Tech develops and launches PRO-MIX®, the world’s first ready-to-use growing medium. The PRO-MIX brand quickly cements Premier Tech’s reputation as an innovation leader, transforming an entire industry segment in the process. The company goes on to introduce numerous technological advances, including mycorrhizae, in its other businesses.
Guided by our Values and Culture, we cultivate long-term partnerships that become drivers of growth.
After a partnership of more than 15 years, Premier Tech’s current owners take over the reins from company’s founders. They build a visionary company grounded in a philosophy of sustainability and a passion and desire to make a difference by forging lasting relationships. Today, we continue to develop ties with businesses that share our Values and Culture. These strategic alliances and acquisitions create synergies and provide a solid platform for organic growth.
At PT, innovation is in everything we do. We believe that there’s always a way to do things differently — and better — and we never stop looking for new ways to improve.
Premier Tech initiates research on natural active ingredients and their horticultural properties, founding the Premier Research Center. As the only peat moss research facility in Canada, the center quickly expands its focus to support the development of sustainable and transformative technology solutions. The research team at the center gives rise to the innovation culture and the Innovation, Research & Development (IR&D) model that has become a cornerstone of our success in all our businesses.
At Premier Tech, we rely on our creativity to make a difference, constantly incorporating new advances into our commercial offerings.
Premier Tech begins to diversify beyond horticulture, capitalizing on the knowledge and know-how of its IR&D teams to develop new industrial applications for the company’s primary resource in areas such as industrial automation and passive biofiltration using organic media. This marks the first step in its strategy of vertical diversification, which continues today in businesses dedicated to feeding, protecting, and improving our world.
Commercialization and Development
As part of a global company with an active local presence, our team members work hand in hand with our clients to help contribute to their success.
A major overseas transaction transforms Premier Tech into a truly international company with facilities and team members on both sides of the Atlantic. This transaction marks the beginning of Premier Tech’s expansion, an ongoing series of investments and acquisitions that have led it to set up shop worldwide, adopting local cultures, languages, and ways of doing things in the process. It allows us to provide global support in close proximity to client markets and territories.
Everything we do aligns with our vision for sustainable growth as we work to acquire the tools we need to fulfill our ambitions.
Premier Tech goes private after 20 years as a public company. Firmly commited to its long-term vision and its businesses, the company maintains a methodical and disciplined approach to good governance. Privatization also lends it the agility necessary to launch into a new expansion phase.
At Premier Tech, we’re always striving to go further. To bring success to our customers. To feed, protect, and improve our world.
As the company nears its 100th birthday, we’re looking, like always, to the future as our team members seek new ways to make a difference in the life of people, businesses, and communities. We continue to move forward, building on the passion of our people, our culture of innovation, our intrapreneurial spirit, and a wealth of knowledge and know-how as we lay the groundwork for an exciting new chapter that redefines the markets in which we excel.
A New Chapter
Being in constant motion. Looking and thinking ahead. Powering forward. Winning. Using individual strengths, but progressing — and celebrating — as a team. With all of these things in common, Premier Tech’s connection with cycling comes naturally. Today, our long-standing passion for the world of cycling is embodied in a series of partnerships, each demonstrating in its own way how our WE ARE PT philosophy is brought to life through the athletes we associate with.
Premier Tech and Cycling
A Perfect Fit
The Astana Pro Team, one of the best on the World Tour circuit, is reputed for its commitment to excellence. Like Premier Tech, the Astana Pro Team knows that diversity makes a team strong, using it to position itself in the forefront and always get further ahead.
Astana Pro Team
A World-Renowned Team
For the Premier Tech – FSTQ cyclists who participate in the annual Grand défi Pierre Lavoie cycling event, there’s no question that our actions have a positive impact that’s bigger than us. By encouraging thousands of young people to adopt healthy habits, they help promote positive change at the broader community level every year.
Grand défi Pierre Lavoie
Team Premier Tech FSTQ
Businesses and educational institutions fill complementary niches, each of them crucial to innovation. Schools develop knowledge and skills through their students. Businesses develop products and generate jobs that drive growth in the regions we serve. For this system to work, both parties must invest together in infrastructure and innovation-oriented teams. That’s why we believe so strongly in encouraging this interaction through our annual scholarships.
Graduate Studies in Engineering
Premier Tech Scholarship
When we work together, we can make incredible things happen — and contribute to the vitality of the communities we live in. Which is why we’re so pleased and proud to see the Premier Tech name on the multipurpose covered arena in Rivière-du-Loup. By balancing the long-term impact of major infrastructure projects with smaller-scale, people-oriented projects, we hope to create a ripple effect that will be felt in the short, medium, and long term by all, individually and collectively.
Premier Tech Stadium
A Sports Complex for Everyone
The communities where Premier Tech is present are more than just geographical anchor points. They are part and parcel of who we are, shaping our core identity as a company with their own local flavor and characteristics. This symbiotic relationship is what enables us to grow and develop together through initiatives that bring us together and strengthen the connections between us — initiatives like those promoting access to education, fostering self-esteem among young girls in disadvantaged neighborhoods, and supporting the activities of a medical center serving the poor in New Delhi.
A Vision of Balance and Respect
In Every Way, for Everyone
Premier Tech is pleased to announce the renewal of a three-year partnership with road cycling team Astana Pro Team.
It is with great pleasure that Premier Tech represented the Bas-Saint-Laurent region to the Prix Créateurs d’emplois du Québec 2019 Gala, where the company received...