Polykar, a leading Canadian manufacturer of flexible packaging including polyethylene film, certified compostable bags, garbage bags as well as food and industrial grade liners, today announced it has acquired a site to construct a new state-of-the-art plant in Edmonton, Alberta.
This second facility will add significant production capacity (30 million pounds) to all of Polykar’s product lines and expand the company’s reach and expertise to serve the retail, commercial and institutional sectors.
The proposed three-acre site in the Discovery Business Park, on the south side of Edmonton adjacent to the Edmonton International Airport, makes the location ideal to support Polykar’s customer base in Western Canada and the United States. Having a dual plant model will allow the company to offer faster delivery, bolster its production capacity, as well as build and retain manufacturing capability in the region.
“This is an important milestone for Polykar and we look to the future with confidence as we continue to develop innovative and sustainable products,’’ said Amir Karim, President & CEO, Polykar. “We are excited to finalize the plans for our new manufacturing facility in Edmonton in the coming months, and bring ourselves closer to our valued suppliers and customers in Western Canada.”
Polykar has engaged Calgary based FarMor Architecture to design the 50,000 square foot facility.
“Polykar will be a strong addition to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region’s manufacturing sector. This investment highlights the wealth of opportunity that exists here for companies looking to access talent and reach global markets,” said Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton. “Our region is home to the entire advanced materials and plastics value chain. On behalf of the City of Edmonton, we welcome Polykar and look forward to helping them grow.”
“Our government is working every day to make Alberta the best place to invest and start a business, and I’m excited to see a new and innovative facility coming to Edmonton,” said Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism. “This potential $20 million total investment will not only create dozens of jobs during and after construction, but also keep more of the value added of local polyethylene production in Alberta. I join Mayor Iveson in welcoming Polykar and look forward to seeing this facility when it is completed.”
This announcement is also receiving a strong endorsement from the region’s mayors including Sturgeon County’s Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “The development and current assets within the region, like those in Sturgeon County’s portion of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland are proof that the strength of our primary plastics and chemical manufacturing continue to drive growth. As a proud partner of Edmonton Global, we welcome Polykar and look forward to supporting, and helping them thrive in the region.”
About Polykar: Founded in 1987 in Saint-Laurent, Québec, Polykar began as a family business. Today, we are a leading Canadian manufacturer of polyethylene film, certified compostable bags, garbage bags as well as food and industrial packaging. We have also developed a solid expertise in plastics recycling. Our mission is to grow and lead the plastics industry by providing innovative, world-class sustainable packaging solutions. We are driven by operational efficiency and committed to our company values of excellence, collaboration, pride, sustainability and trust in all we do.
For more information, visit www.polykar.com.
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