December 11, 2002


Quebec company re-purchases auto parts recycler from Ford

Sainte Sophie, Quebec – A family-owned auto parts recycling company has repurchased the business they sold to Ford three years ago. Philippe and Roger Fugere Jr have acquired GreenLeaf Canada, a division of Ford Motor Company. With sales of about $42 million annually and more than 170 employees operating from four sites, GreenLeaf Canada is the largest automotive parts recycler in Canada. The company will operate under the name Lecavalier Auto Parts.

Ford acquired Lecavalier Auto Parts and its two facilities outside of Montreal from the Fugere family in November 2000. It was the company’s third purchase of a recycling operation in Canada that year — in January, Ford acquired Plazek Auto Recycler Ltd. of Caistor Centre, Ontario, near Hamilton, and in June, Ford bought Cumberland Auto Parts near Ottawa, Ontario.

“We are pleased about the repurchase of the family enterprise because the opportunities in the recycled automotive parts sector are immense,” said Philippe Fugere, Vice President and co-owner. “Our family has a long and successful history with Lecavalier Auto Parts dating back to 1965 when our father and his brothers bought the company that at the time had just three

employees.”

Lecavalier Auto Parts is a leader in supplying recycled automotive original equipment for all makes of domestic and foreign vehicles. The company was founded in 1942 by Fernand Lecavalier and was acquired by Roger Fugere Sr and his brothers in 1965. In 1982, Roger Fugere Jr joined the business, followed a year and a half later by his brother Philippe. Lecavalier acquired

the Centre de recyclage St-Jean in November 1999. Ford bought Lecavalier in November 2000.

Lecavalier’s four facilities process approximately 15,000 vehicles a year to provide professionally cleaned and thoroughly tested parts to body shops, garages, dealerships, and insurance companies including AXA, Desjardins (Certas), ING, Wawanesa, Cooperators and Allianz, and individual consumers.

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