Fermar was first incorporated in 1964 as W.L. Harvey Limited. The company was re-organized in 1968 by Armien J. Martin; its founder, who had formed a successful partnership with John Ferzoco, (then the General Manager of the company) to operate the company under the new name of Fermar Paving Limited. That same year, Fermar opened its first asphalt plant at 731 Indian Line where the company was located.
The company continued to enjoy a lively nine years of business growth at the Indian Line location until the property was expropriated in 1977 by the Ministry of Transportation – Ontario (MTO) for the construction of Highways 427 & 409. Fermar then moved its operation to Dixie Road in Mississauga, just north of Highway 401.
The Dixie plant location still operates (upgraded from the original), while most of the hot mix production comes from Fermar’s second plant located off Albion Road in Rexdale, Ontario: also the site of the company headquarters.
When Armien Martin died in 1991, his two sons; Ashton and Malcolm, assumed the ownership and control of Fermar. Today, Fermar’s corporate structure is a lot different then what it looked like at it’s inception, but as is with all great things, evolution is fundamental to it’s continued success.