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The Master Group acquires Johnson Controls’ Unitary Products Group (York®) branches based in Oakville and Markham, Ontario

Boucherville, September 28, 2016 -The Master Group Inc. is pleased to announce that it has purchased the distribution operations of Johnson Controls’ Unitary Products Group (York®) branches based in Oakville and Markham, Ontario. The two branches will operate as The Master Group Inc., effective October 3rd, 2016. This acquisition increases the number of Master’s points of sales to a total of 9 in Southwestern Ontario and to 29 in Canada.

“The completion of this transaction advances our strategic efforts in propelling The Master Group forward to the leading position in Canada in the whole HVAC-R industry,” said Louis St-Laurent, President, The Master Group. “We are very excited about expanding our branch network to serve new and existing customers and offer them superior service reflecting our reputation throughout the industry.”

“As a result of this acquisition, our customers and partners will have access to an extraordinary portfolio of HVAC-R product lines and services including York and Source 1 products in all nine Southwestern Ontario locations”, continued Greg Gamble, Regional Vice-President, Central Canada, The Master Group. “The Oakville distribution centre will continue to serve Ontario contractors and dealers with the complete York commercial rooftop offering as well as serving as the Ontario distribution hub for York and Guardian residential products. In addition, a significant investment in inventory has been made in Source 1 service parts to support the York / JCI brands in the all Master Ontario network.”

“Entrusting Master with the distribution of the York® product line in Central and Southwestern Ontario is just a natural evolution of a lasting and trusting relationship between York and Master”, said Brian Sutherland, General Manager, Oakville Operations. “The Master Group has earned a well-deserved reputation for its unique business model based on superior customer service and technical skills, efficient and state-of-the-art logistic system and large inventory. Furthermore, Master clearly has the wind in its sails and this will definitely translate into tremendous opportunities for all employees as well as for our customers.”

The Master Group wishes all employees from JCI’s York Ontario division a warm welcome into the company and looks forward to working closely with this skilled and dedicated team to serve and contribute to the successful business evolution of all JCI customers, to whom Master also extends its warmest welcome.

Contact information for the Oakville and Markham locations remain the same. A new 24/7 emergency service will be made available to clients by calling the following numbers:

Markham 647-227-6852
Oakville 905-464-8831

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Its 117,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Its commitment to sustainability dates back to its roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Johnson Controls is committed to helping its customers win and creating greater value for all of its stakeholders through strategic focus on its buildings and energy growth platforms. For additional information, please visit or follow them @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.


About The Master Group

Leader in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration sectors for more than 60 years, and recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies since 2010; The Master Group is the largest independent HVAC-R distributor in Eastern Canada. The company now employs over 650 dynamic and devoted individuals who serve the industry in over 29 branches, 4 sales offices and 4 distribution centres spanning from Ontario to the Atlantic Provinces. For more information, visit




Nathalie Lajoie
Communications and Marketing Director
Email : nlajoie


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