LONGUEUIL, QUE. — Unicel Architectural Corp., a manufacturer of Vision Control timber, aluminum curtain walls and skylight solutions, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
The company, was started in 1964 by founder Fernand Roy, is currently based in Longueuil, Que. He opened the company’s first shop in St-Leonard, Que. In the 1980s the innovators at Unicel Architectural developed Vision Control advanced louvered glazing, a daylight, privacy, temperature, vision and sound control solution integrated in an insulating glass unit.
Vision Control was patented a few years later and remains the company’s flagship product thanks in part to its ability to support LEED certification requirements, states a release.
The business really began to take off in the 1990s when the company expanded its U.S. customer base to accommodate several landmark projects including multiple FBI offices, Miami’s Cedar-Sinai Hospital, Ohio State University and the Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Expansion into East Asia and Scandinavia in the 2000s and Latin America and the Gulf Cooperation Council regions followed in the 2010s. Today, the company primarily works on large institutional projects in the U.S. and Canada but also performs commercial work.
“The demand for sustainable, elegant, and highly customized building and glazing products and thermally efficient technologies has only grown in the past several years, and we believe it will continue to grow,” said Vincent Couturier who, along with Unicel Architectural co-president Samuel Doyon-Bissonnette, acquired IC2 Technologies in 2018 and completed a successful management buyout in 2020. “The designers and architects we work with value Unicel Architectural as a vendor able to work on challenging and complex projects other companies shy away from.”