Shepherd Thermoforming & Packaging Inc. moved its operations about eight miles within Brampton, Ontario, in December and has added another rotary machine.
The firm invested about C$3 million (US$2.7 million) for the land and building and C$350,000 (US$309,000) for renovations, according to President Barry Shepherd.
To improve efficiency and accommodate increased thin-gauge and heavy-gauge thermoforming requirements, the family-owned and operated firm relocated to a 40,000-square-foot facility after occupying 30,000 square feet in its former, leased location, said son Todd Shepherd, vice president of sales and business development.
The firm acquired a Maac Machinery Corp. 5-foot-by-10-foot three-station rotary thermoformer that became operational in January as its third rotary machine. Shepherd also operates four fully automatic roll-fed in-line thermoforming machines.
``We plan to add another in-line machine during 2007,'' Todd Shepherd said.
Incorporated in 1985, Shepherd Thermoforming employs 40 and had sales of about C$7 million (US$6.2 million) for the fiscal year ended July 31. That includes about C$500,000 for revenues from design and toolmaking services.
Material-handling trays and pallets and retail consumer packaging each account for about 40 percent of the thermoforming business, with the remainder in specialty products and items for original equipment manufacturers in niches ranging from bathware products to automotive accessories.