In 1875, François-Xavier Drolet laid the foundation for his visionary journey by establishing his first workshop in Quebec on Charest Boulevard. With remarkable mechanical ingenuity, F.-X. Drolet and his skilled team invented, manufactured, and repaired an array of mechanisms and steam engines.
As operations expanded, F.-X. Drolet acquired a parcel of land in 1907 and constructed a state-of-the-art metallurgical plant spanning 90,000 square feet. This new facility comprised a mechanical workshop on one side and a foundry and forge on the other, equipped with modern machinery. With the move, F.-X. Drolet's sons, Gaudias, Arthur, and Émile, joined the company in 1924, further advancing its growth.
Over the years, Drolet diversified its manufacturing capabilities, producing steel, iron, copper, and aluminum parts for various applications, including ammunition for the army, fire hydrants for the city, and elevators for public buildings. In the 1960s, Drolet's journey into slow combustion stove manufacturing began, soon becoming the company's primary focus.
In 1988, Drolet demonstrated its commitment to innovation by pioneering low emission products, introducing the EPA / CSA certified HT-2000, which gained legendary status in the wood-burning world. The company continued to develop a successful series of "HT" products.
Remaining at the forefront of environmental standards, Drolet proactively met stricter emission regulations, certifying its appliances well before the deadlines. The renowned HT-3000, succeeding the legendary HT-2000, exemplified the company's ability to adapt to changing standards.
Throughout its journey, Drolet's DNA has been synonymous with robustness, reliability, and safety, reflecting the legacy established by F.X. Drolet and his skilled team. Proudly Canadian, Drolet now operates its advanced manufacturing facility in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, near Quebec City, ensuring the new generations benefit from the same unwavering quality passed down through the years.