Folks at C.R. Plastic Products Inc. are too busy to lounge in the high-end recycled plastic outdoor furniture they make in Stratford, Ontario.
Sales for the firm have been rising 40 percent a year in the past few years, according to C.R. Plastic Chief Financial Officer Bruce Valentine. The growth rate convinced C.R. Plastic to move to a facility three times the size of its earlier operation in Stratford and to buy more equipment to boost production capacity.
“We have invested several million dollars in the expansion,” Valentine said in a phone interview.
C.R. Plastic had a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its 300,000-square-foot factory on Aug. 22, about a year after it began moving machinery from its former digs. Co-founders Jamie Bailey and Trudie Wiseman presided at the ceremony to celebrate the business they established more than 20 years ago.
C.R. Plastic has two Deltaplast extruders on order to join the eight it now has in Stratford. The company also is investing heavily in robotics and CNC machines to mill its plastic lumber into chairs and other outdoor furniture that it sells through specialty retailers like patio stores and landscaping companies.
Valentine said C.R. Plastic sources post-consumer and post-industrial high density polyethylene and low density PE resins from various sources and also grinds much of the raw material itself. Milk jugs, water bottle caps and U.S. postal trays are among the origins of its feedstock. It consumes some 5 million pounds per year of recycled plastic.