Carefully crafting lampshades for three generations.
The Franco family name is synonymous with quality and passion.
The Franco family has been in the business of making lamps shades since 1938. Jean Franco founded his company on Craig Street in Montreal. Faced with some difficult business decisions largely caused by the advent of World War II, he had to move premises on several occasions. He shifted once to the first floor of his residence on the corner of Garnier and St-Laurent streets, and later to the basement. It was a time of much sacrifice, and only the most motivated of people were likely to get through this period and succeed.
When Jean Franco passed away in the early 1960s, his wife Marie-Rose Gagné continued on with help from Jacques, the elder of her two children. In 1964, her younger son Robert Franco took over and ran the business until 1992, when he decided to take a pause from business life. He got a new but similar business going again in 1996, when he founded Robert Franco Inc. Today his son, Jean-Michel Franco, who joined the business in 2002, has been in charge since 2012 in the capacity of President and CEO.
Our clients: businesses like your own!
Our company produces lampshades, mainly for lamp manufacturers, but also retail boutiques, interior designers and the hotel sector. Our products are made up of 50% standard parts, and 50% custom components. There is no inventory of finished products, except on rare occasions, in which case you will find them offered here.
A lampshade dresses a lamp: a lamp with no shade is a bit like a car with no wheels – it’s not really a car. We understand the importance of quality work and a respect for delivery dates, and we strive to put everything in place so we exceed your expectations.
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