BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — On October 6 RONA inc. will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Throughout October, special promotions and activities are planned to celebrate the milestone in all RONA stores across the country.
The company began in 1939, when half a dozen dealer-owners created Les Marchands en Quincaillerie ltée to get around a monopoly that was threatening their supply chain. Their mission at the time is still relevant today: to combine orders to obtain the best prices. A few years later, Rolland Dansereau and Napoléon Piotte took control of the company, and in 1960 they formed Ro-Na, using the first syllables of their first names to create the name. In 1988, Ro-Na merged with Dismat, another group that was working mainly in construction materials, and became Ro-Na Dismat.