In an atmosphere of celebration, attended by over 200 invited guests, King Packaged Materials Company, a division of KPM Industries Ltd., held the official opening of its new Boisbriand production facility. On hand for the official ribbon cutting ceremony, were: Jim O’Neill, President; Joe Hutter, Vice President of Sales; Hugh Macpherson, Vice President of Operations; and Marlene Cordato, Mayor of Boisbriand.
The company was founded in 1928 and operates today under the name KPM Industries Ltd. It’s King Packaged Materials Company division manufactures a wide range of pre-packaged cementitious products for construction, mining, masonry and consumer markets across Eastern Canada and much of Northeastern United States.
The new facility will replace the company’s first Quebec plant, purchased in 1971 in the town of St. Therese de Blainville. It is the most advanced plant of its kind in the world. Mr. O’Neill emphasized that this significant investment illustrates the company’s long-term commitment to the province of Quebec.
A Modern Plant and High Tech Equipment
The 150,000 square foot facility, located at 3825 Alfred-Laliberté Street in Boisbriand, was purchased and modified at a cost of $16 million. The 35 employees working at the former plant in Blainville were transferred to the Boisbriand facility and another six were added to the KPM workforce.
Plant Manager, Jean Lafrance explained that the facility specializes in the production of shotcrete, concrete, mortar and grout to home renovation centres, large building construction sites and underground mines, in packages ranging from 30 kg to 1500 kg.
The new facility started operating in January 2013. A much improved aggregate drying process, robotic packaging systems, and fully-automated computerized batching systems, have provided the company with improved energy efficiency, greater production capacity and improved batching accuracy.
85 Years of Success
The company was founded in 1928 by William Whittaker King and thanks to a loyal and dedicated workforce has survived a depression, several recessions, and many other economic slowdowns to become a North American industry leader.
The Mayor of Boisbriand, Marlene Cordato, stressed the vitality of the company. “The success of your business is confirmed by its 85 years in business. Boisbriand is pleased to welcome companies as dynamic and successful as yours. I thank the executives of the company for their contribution to maintaining and creating quality jobs in our territory”, the Mayor said.
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