IPL Inc. is going after a bigger share of the Canadian wheeled-cart market by expanding capacity to make the waste containers.
The St.-Damien, Quebec, firm announced it will spend C$4.2 million (US$4.4 million) to buy a 3,500-ton injection press and related equipment. The company will install the press in St.-Damien next summer, said Gaston Lacasse, IPL vice president of sales and marketing.
The press will join an existing 3,500-tonner and a 3,300-ton model that already make wheeled carts in St.-Damien. The firm also has three 2,600-ton presses there that make some of the smaller carts. The new press will be able to mold carts with capacities of 94 gallons and 62 gallons, most of which are sold for municipal waste programs in Canada.
The expansion won't require adding more floor space in St.-Damien. Older presses will be relocated to make room for the new one in the 500,000-square-foot facility, Lacasse said in a telephone interview.
``The addition of this new equipment highlights the success garnered by our new, highly technical, waste-management products,'' said IPL President and Chief Executive Officer Serge Bragdon in a news release. The project will create about 10 full-time jobs.
Lacasse did not disclose the supplier of the new press.