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Jean Beaulac,
Johnny Vac
June 3, 1950 - December 9, 2015

Jean Beaulac PhotoJean Beaulac, a visionary who gained respect in the industry for the last 35 years,
is commendably inducted into the Vacuum and Sewing Dealers Hall of Fame.

The late 1970s stand as the starting point of Jean's great adventure in the industry.
At that time, he was doing repair work on sewing machines and vacuum cleaners from the basement of his home in Rawdon. He had bigger plans in mind, but was
unsure of how to realize them. After attending several trade shows in the mainten-ance industry, he negotiated a distribution with Trendvac. He soon opened his first store in Rawdon and then moved to a larger city to expand his customer base.

In 1978, he opened his second store in Joliette called Accessoires électriques Beaulac Inc, and as a retailer noticed an important player was missing: a parts distributor for all brands of vacuum cleaners. He pondered this for a while and came up with the solution: He would be THIS distributor. In 1982, Mr. Jean Beaulac established his company, Distributions Jean Beaulac Inc, in Montreal, making a wide range of replacement parts available to retailers.

The response to his new company became so overwhelming that he quickly ran out of office space. In 1986, the company moved to a larger location to better meet customers' needs. He also founded the company Fibrofiltre 2000 Inc in order to manufacture his own filters for the AP100 Electrolux vacuum as well as output filters for built-in vacuums. One of the defining moments of his career came in 1992 when the Johnny Vac trademark was born.

Throughout his years, Jean never lost his focus to have his own line of appliances offering the best value. In 2008, Distributions Jean Beaulac Inc changed its corporate name to Johnny Vac Inc, more appropriate for expansion in the U.S.

Jean was the proud father of two children, Amelie and Alexandre, and grandfather to four. He passed away December 9, 2015. Today, with a 45,000 square foot building located in a leading industrial sector, 40 employees, and son Alex as President, Jean and Johnny Vac's legacy is well cared for.

2017 VDTA-SDTA Hall of Fame Inductee