Leveraging our expertise to ensure worker safety

INTO is a leader in the manufacture and deployment of work-at-height access and safety equipment. We have the required experience, knowledge and skill
sets to design and develop custom long-term solutions. We are active not only in the field through equipment-installation and maintenance services, but we also provide support and guidance right from the start of all projects to design the solutions our clients genuinely need.

Following its rise to a leadership position in the field of access and safety systems, INTO has built up a sizeable roster of major project successes, including the Outremont Campus, 1250 René-Lévesque Boulevard (IBM Marathon), Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), McGill University Hospital Centre (MUHC), Caisse de Dépôt, and the Montreal Biodome to name just a few. Whatever your project scope, our team is sure to find the solution that will satisfy you and help you achieve your objectives.

As our primary objective is to ensure safe and effective conditions for workers operating at height, INTO is committed to remaining:


Implementation of custom solutions that are innovative and compatible with market realities and that satisfy client needs.


Our professional approach is attentive to details at all times and driven to deliver the most effective and cost-effective solutions.


We prioritize our clients’ needs, workers’ safety, and our own employees’ well-being, empowerment, and recognition.


We are present at all stages of every project, from equipment design to installation and maintenance  ensuring your worker’s safety and your peace of mind.

The leaders

Team of experts

Our team of experts stands out from the competition not only because of their expertise, but also because they value customer service at all stages of every project. Thanks to the knowledge and experience of our engineers, technicians and consultants, INTO is able to design high-quality, visually appealing access systems that deal effectively with the realities of your work environment.

Up to the task for nearly 100 years

INTO is an offshoot of Machine Works Ltd., a company founded in 1919 by the Duplessis family. At first, INTO was known as Industrial Tools, a manufacturer of replacement parts for heavy machinery.

INTO began to take shape in 1972 concurrently with the founding of Échafaudage Du-For inc. The two entities shared a common interest, namely scaffolding.
In 1992, the company installed its first permanent access system at the Montreal Biodome.
Over the years, until 2009, members of four generations of the Duplessis family rose to the chief executive position at both companies. Today, four former employees are the company’s shareholders. Three of them share executive responsibilities, and all strive to sustain the company’s leadership position in its industry.

  • 1919

    The Duplessis family goes into business with a company called Machine Works Ltd., which focuses on machining operations.

  • 1928 to 1932

    At first, Machine Works Ltd. manufactures machines for postage-stamp cancellation. Later, during the Second World War, it produces high-precision tools and landing gear.

  • 1954

    A building designed to house Machine Works Ltd. is erected on Saint-Laurent Boulevard in Montreal.

  • 1955

    Into inc., an abbreviation for Industrial Tools, is founded by Gérard Duplessis. He entrusts its operation to his son, Claude.

  • 1972

    In response to the Quebec government’s requirement to francisize company names, Into inc. becomes INTO (1972) INC.

  • 1992

    INTO begins building scaffolds and transforming into the company we know today. That same year, the company completes a major project: Montreal’s Biodome.

  • 1996

    Implementation of rail systems to facilitate lamp-replacement operations in Montreal’s metro stations.

  • 2001

    The concept of fall-arrest systems is introduced into the aircraft-manufacturing sector.

    INTO takes on many major projects, including Le Palais de Congrès, La Caisse de Dépôt, Éricsson, Les Ailes de la Mode and La Cité Multimédia to name a few.

  • 2005

    A lift system is installed on the Laviolette Bridge in Trois-Rivières to facilitate access for maintenance teams.

  • 2008

    INTO moves to new premises following the acquisition of a plant in the Saint-Michel district.

  • 2009

    A major change occurrs at INTO as Yannick Lefort, the company’s CEO, becomes its principal shareholder.

  • 2010

    A major project for INTO: the first roof cabin on Complexe Desjardins.

  • 2010

    Longstanding company partners Stéphane Gagnon and Stéphane Joyal come on board.

  • 2011

    A major project for INTO: the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). INTO works on all buildings in the complex, including the Shriners Hospital in 2013.

  • 2013

    A second major hospital project for INTO: the first buildings in the CHUM complex are entrusted to our team.

  • 2014

    Sacha Côté becomes INTO’s fourth shareholder for a period of 5 years.

  • 2017

    INTO is selected to carry out the new Outremont campus for the Université de Montréal,  a key project for the city.

  • 2017

    INTO launches its new brand image and its 2.0 site.

  • 2019

    This is a special year since we’re celebrating our centennial! Machine Works, which was founded by the Duplessis family, evolved over the years thanks to the vision of the company’s successive leaders, who have passed on the torch from one generation to the next.