P.O.P. Packaging Inc. of Edmonton, Alberta which claims to be Canada's top maker of reusable polyfabric bags is expanding into the U.S. and Mexican markets.
It has opened a corporate headquarters in Southport, Conn., and a plant in Mexico and changed its operating name to N'Take to reflect the firm's involvement with waste reduction.
We have experienced tremendous success in Canada and are poised to continue our exponential growth as N'Take in Canada, Mexico and the U.S., said CEO Tom Wyckoff, who also is a partner.
Wyckoff said via e-mail that the investment in N'Take's new plant in Toluca, Mexico 40 miles west of Mexico City is in the six-figure range.
Covering 2,000 square feet of roofed space, the facility has annual production capacity of 720,000 bags, manufactured on Brother sewing/specialty machines and an Anatol silk-screen machine, according to Wyckoff.
N'Take said its polypropylene bags are unique in that they have the look and feel of cloth but are less expensive to produce, have a minimal carbon footprint as compared to single-use bags and have been shown to last for more than five years.
Wyckoff said the Toluca plant is already serving markets in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as other parts of Latin America. The company's clients are primarily in the grocery, convention, hospitality, medical and retail industries.
Asked why Mexico was chosen for the plant, Wyckoff said: Because of [its] ability to fill a niche on lower-volume requests and the ability to expedite service to our customer of a custom bag.
The company has 35 employees in Mexico, Wyckoff said, noting the plant has room to grow.
Founded in 2003, the company claims to have hundreds of North American clients, including a longstanding relationship with Sobeys, Canada's second-largest grocer; and book retailer Barnes & Noble.
The company's new operating name and logo combine the N from environment and the word take, which communicates the many uses of our bags, according to co-founder Steven Searle.
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