400 miles north of Montreal, Roméo Barrette – a village beekeeper turned mayor and general store owner – begins buying wood and cutting it down for sale to paper mills. The Barrette company is officially formed and continues throughout the coming years to incorporate Canadian business ventures within the lumber and sawmill industries into the Barrette family.
Barrette Outdoor Living (BOL) is established in North America. BOL enters the retail market with entry into the fencing department at the grand opening of a new chain of retail stores called The Home Depot®. BOL remains a part of the retail world to present day with the Veranda® line of aluminum, vinyl and wood fence products sold exclusively at The Home Depot.
Barrette Outdoor Living begins a partnership with Lowe’s®. To this day, BOL remains a part of the home improvement retail industry with the Freedom® line of aluminum, vinyl and wood fence, rail and lawn and garden products sold nationally at Lowe’s home improvement centers.
Barrette Outdoor Living acquires U.S. Fence, a sales, marketing and customer service company in Cleveland, Ohio. BOL also purchases Erwin Industries, a vinyl fence and wood railing manufacturing company operating in Bulls Gap, Tennessee. Both are integrated into the BOL family.
Barrette Outdoor Living acquires Plastic Research Company (PRC) a manufacturing plant that produces molded lattice, trellises, and arbors in Flint, Michigan. That same year, the BOL Field Team is built up in Cleveland, Ohio.
Barrette Outdoor Living begins a large transformation of its facility located in Bulls Gap, Tennessee. The intensive work doubles the production capacity of the plant.
The ActiveYards® brand is introduced. Decorative aluminum and vinyl fencing products for protection, privacy and pool areas, sold nationally at select ActiveYards dealers and contractors.
Barrette buys the vinyl shed division of Royal Industries, as well as acquiring Crane Fencing, adding a pro vinyl fence customer base as well as a retail vinyl fence business, expanding the Barrette Outdoor Living division. Two plants manufacturing wooden bed frames from Leggett & Platt Corporation are also purchased.
The Xpanse® brand is developed. Sold nationally to professional dealers, lumberyards, manufacturers and specialty retailers. The Xpanse product line includes vinyl and aluminum railing and fencing systems.
Barrette acquires Satellite Manufacturing, a manufacturer of high-quality aluminum products including fencing and railing.
Barrette acquires Railing Dynamics Inc. (RDI), located in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, a manufacturer of quality, dependable iron, metal and deck railing products.
BOL acquires Florida-based Alumi-Guard. Located in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Brooksville, Florida, Alumi-Guard, an innovator in quality and design, manufactures aluminum fence and rail industry products.
In late 2014, BOL launched the Boerboel® gate solutions hardware product line, offering a wide selection of hinges, latches, drop rods, handles and accessories.
BOL purchases 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor storage space in Riverside, California. The new facility will serve as a regional distribution center for West Coast customers.