FedDev Ontario Supports Clean Growth Manufacturing in Orangeville

News release

$5.6 million investment for rural manufacturer to scale up, commercialize first-in-Canada sustainable packaging, and create  jobs

September 6, 2019 — Orangeville, Ontario

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced a FedDev Ontario contribution of up to $5.6 million to E. Hofmann Plastics Inc. (EHP), an innovator and manufacturer of ready-to-use plastic packaging solutions, to scale up operations.

Through this project, EHP will produce a first-in-Canada recyclable and compostable tray for meat packaging as well as recyclable coffee pods made from plant-based resins. FedDev Ontario’s investment will allow EHP to adopt state-of-the-art robotic technologies and equipment that will boost capacity, increase efficiency, and reduce energy usage in the production process. As a result, EHP will extend its sustainable packaging line to meet market demand from various food and beverage sectors, including meat packing, prepared meals, coffee, takeout, and food delivery.

With more than 185 employees, EHP is one of Orangeville’s largest employers. As a result of this investment to support rural innovation, EHP expects to bring 25 new, full-time engineering jobs to the local community, and to significantly increase supply chain spending in Ontario.

FedDev Ontario’s investment enables EHP to produce 100 percent biodegradable and recyclable products as an alternative to single-use plastics products. This aligns with the Government’s Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste—an action plan to protect the environment by reducing plastic pollution.

Quotes

“Today’s investment is a great example of how the Government of Canada is supporting Canada’s transition to a greener economy.Through this investment, we are investing in companies that are ready to compete globally and grow in the sustainable economy.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

“We’re excited about our future in sustainable packaging. Thanks to the FedDev Ontario program we will be able to accelerate our growth and continue to establish Canada as a market leader for innovation and sustainable manufacturing.”
- Paul Kalia, Chief Executive Officer, E. Hofmann Plastics Inc.

Quick facts

  • Founded in 1986, E. Hofmann Plastics Inc. (EHP) provides full turnkey plastic packaging solutions, including in-house design, manufacturing, assembly, packaging and inventory storage, to a variety of clients in the distribution, construction, chemical, and food and beverage sectors.

  • This FedDev Ontario investment will allow the company to expand its recyclable packaging products.

  • Currently operating out of a 175,000-square-foot automated manufacturing facility in Orangeville, EHP produces over 80,000 injection molded parts daily and can produce more than 21 million parts per week.

  • EHP supplies large retailers across Canada and the United States, including Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, Home Depot, Restaurant Depot, and Bay Valley Foods.

  • In addition to FedDev Ontario’s repayable contribution, EHP will leverage $16.8 million in private sector investment towards the total project cost of $22.4 million.

  • This year marks 10 years of FedDev Ontario delivering funding and business services to support innovation and growth in southern Ontario.

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Website: www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca

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