Good afternoon and happy new year!
It seems just like yesterday that we bought Meple from its former owners. It was an exciting time for the group as Meple was the first expansion of our roofing business outside of Belgium. Given Meple’s long history and strong brand recognition we decided to operate the business as Meple and continued to do so for the next 25 years. During those years I anticipated the day would come when we would switch the brand to IKO and so with the opening of our IKO insulation business in France we felt the time had come to make a change.
I am excited that today, Meple becomes an IKO branded company and joins a group of dozens of manufacturing locations around the world who proudly carry the IKO name. As you may know, IKO is an acronym for my grandfathers name, Isidore KOSCHITZKY. He built this business many decades ago and I’m sure my grandfather would be proud to be here today to see this factory in Tourville representing our roofing business in France. My wish is that IKO Tourville continues to prosper for many more years to come in partnership with all of you who are gathered here today.