Picard Bakery Equipment was founded in 1957 by Lauréat Picard, a baker by trade. Lauréat would buy used equipment and enhance it to fit his baking needs. Word about his work spread so quickly within the baking community that he began selling his equipment. Inspired, this visionary French Canadian, turned his passion for modifying equipment into a business and started manufacturing bakery ovens and related equipment.
After running Picard Bakery Equipment for over thirty years, Lauréat transferred his business to his two sons, Gilles and Guy. With the sons at the helm, considerable investment was made in R&D. New and innovative products for the bakery and food service industry were developed.
In the 1990's, Picard Ovens was truly innovative. Named after the founding father Lauréat Picard, the LP-200 was the FIRST stone conveyor oven to hit pizza industry. Still today, it is revolutionizing the industry under the Hot Rocks name.
Adding to the successful roster is the Revolution, a revolving tray oven.
In 2014, the brothers sold the family business to a private Canadian holding company owning a variety of manufacturing companies in the food industry. Korok continues to focus on providing high-performance and cost-effective solutions.