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09/07/2014 - News
POLYKAR ANNOUNCES $8 MILLION INVESTMENT FOR A MAJOR EXPANSION

Montréal, Québec– Les Industries Polykar is pleased to announce a major expansion of its manufacturing facility in Saint-Laurent, Montréal. This $8 million investment will add 30,000 square feet to Polykar’s current LEED certified building. By the end of 2014, the completed expansion will result in a 105,000 square feet facility.
 
Alongside the creation of up to 15 positions in manufacturing, management, sales and marketing, the expansion will enable Polykar to achieve 4 key objectives:
 

  • Increase its production capacity to respond to growing demand from its existing client base – in a recent study, 82% of our clients stated they intend to buy more from us
  • Improve productivity in manufacturing our core product line - garbage bags - especially certified compostable bags
  • Continue to invest in cutting edge recycling technologies, enabling the processing of a complete range of post-industrial and post-commercial films and bag sources
  • Invest in co-extrusion technology as a response to a growing demand from packaging clients for more complex films with higher performance and tighter tolerances

Speaking about the upcoming expansion, Polykar’s President, Elyse Damdjee stated, “We are confident that this significant investment after 27 years, will position Polykar to remain a market leader in its core business, while making an important foray into the packaging sector. At the beginning of this new chapter, we would like to sincerely thank all our employees for their consistent hard work, our business partners for their continued support, and our loyal clients for trusting us with their business.”

The Mayor of Saint-Laurent, M. Alan DeSousa, also warmly welcomed the news of Polykar’s expansion by saying, “I am very happy that Polykar continues to make investments and create jobs in our community. The company has a good history of contributing to Saint-Laurent's industrial sector and we are excited by Polykar’s growth prospects."

Updates on the progress of the expansion project, as well new career opportunities are available on Polykar’s website, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

For further information, please contact:

Amir Karim
Vice-President, Business Development
1-866-POLYKAR
1-514-335-0059

Co-founded by Elyse Damdjee and Aziz Karim in 1987, Polykar is a family business based in Saint-Laurent, Quebec.The company began as a manufacturer of industrial garbage bags. Today, with 80+ employees and annual sales of $30 million, Polykar has become one of the leading manufacturers of polyethylene film, garbage bags, certified compostable bags and bulk food packaging in Canada. It has also developed expertise in plastics recycling. Working alongside global partners, Polykar is proud to be at the helm of technical and environmental innovation, working to improve quality and production, as well as safeguarding the environment. The company holds both ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004 certifications. Polykar’s manufacturing facility and offices also carry silver certification under the internationally-recognised Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. As an engaged industry participant and contributor to civil society, Polykar is a member of the following organisations:
- Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA)
- Canadian Sanitation Supply Association (CSSA)
- Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
- Compost Council of Canada (CCC)

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