General Motors built its first auto plant in Quebec at Sainte-Thérèse in the 1960s. For 37 years, the plant employed up to 3,000 people and produced Chevrolet Biscaynes, Buick Skyhawks, Pontiac Bonnevilles, and other models before closing in 2002, after producing 2 million cars. The plant was demolished in 2004. On the site now is the Faubourg Boisbriand, a major shopping centre, and a new green residential community certified LEED-ND Gold.
In Boisbriand, you can find along highways 640 and 15 a sizable industrial park with light and heavy manufacturing, some specializing in the agri-food industry. The corridor along highway 15 is considered an innovation centre. It has many companies like Kinova Robotics, that won many national prizes.
Located close to aeronautic enterprises, including Bombardier and Bell Helicopter, many companies in Rivière-des-Mille-Îles are specializing in the manufacturing of auto and aeronautic parts.