The Evolution of Montel through time
From electrical boxes and flip flop toasters to housing priceless collections and more recently growing cannabis and lettuce indoors
In the 1960s, when Montel first began developing mobile storage solutions, the company was still hard at work serving its community. It was fast becoming the industry leader in manufacturing metal bookcases for libraries, and had contracted with Hydro-Québec, a transnational public utility that manages electrical transmission for parts of Canada and the United States, to build its industrial electrical components.
The first generation of cantilever shelving was engineered by Montel in 1955. Over the next thirty years, Montel continued revolutionizing storage technology, eventually acquiring Art Metal Inc. out of New Jersey in 1986. By the 1990s, Montel decided to take a big step: the company changed its focus from engineering electrical equipment to focus solely on high density storage systems and shelving systems.
Montel: a modern marvel
Today, Montel is a world leader in high-density mobile storage systems and intelligent storage equipment like carts and hanging racks. We’ve applied the same principles of smarter, more efficient space-saving technology to our vertical grow systems for indoor farming, with installations across North America and throughout the rest of the world.
As we ring in the new year, we look forward to what the future will bring for us and our partners. When your client base is as diverse as Montel’s is—warehousing, indoor farming, museums, sports teams, schools, health care providers, and more—you really have to be ready for anything!
But with nearly one hundred years of experience under our belts, we’re optimistic about rising to meet the challenges of the next one hundred years, whatever they might be.