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Novolex

community outreach and education; participate in academic and trade association research; work with customers to improve their sustainable product portfolio;
and assess Novolex's sustainability portfolio and develop
paths toward increasing the company's sustainability.

South

"Best Place to Work" awards from Star Local Media,
which operates 14 newspapers in the North Texas area.
Recipients of the award were determined by the nominations and votes of people in the same communities
that the plants serve, including local employees and their
friends and family.

Business Acquisition
On May 2, Wind Point Partners announced that one of
its portfolio companies, Novolex, acquired Heritage Bag
Company (HBC), a manufacturer of plastic can liners
and other packaging products based in Roanoke, Texas.
HBC is Novolex's fifth acquisition since Wind Point acquired Novolex (formerly Hilex Poly) in 2012 in partnership with Chairman and CEO Stan Bikulege.
With the addition of HBC, Novolex is now a $2.3 billion
revenue company with more than 6,000 employees and
43 manufacturing plants in North America, including two
plastic recycling facilities.
The Novolex name is based on the Latin "novo" for
new and "lex," which is a tip of the hat to Hilex Poly, the
first brand to become part of the family. The blue and red
of the Novolex logo represents the integration of paper
and plastic into the company's sustainability platform.
Red and blue are the legacy corporate colors of Hilex Poly
and Duro Bag, respectively.

Community Involvement
Throughout 2015, Novolex focused its efforts on contributing to those in need by donating to organizations such
as food banks, Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army. Employees also donated their time to homeless shelters and
local chambers of commerce.
The company helps educational organizations by donating bags to public libraries, along with financial and
time contributions to schools and colleges in the areas in
which the company operates. In 2015, Novolex donated
$20,000 to help find a cure for breast cancer.
Additionally, through the Novolex Pink Bag Program, the company says it has helped business-

Expanded Plant
Among the latest innovations at Novolex is a $6 million
expansion at the company's Jacksonville, Fla., plant.
Florida Governor Rick Scott joined in the celebration of
the expanded plant's opening on April 13. The plant will
support approximately 25 jobs.
During a tour of the facility, Novolex showcased
plastic bags created from brown and gray film, which
includes higher recycled content derived from recycled newspaper, dry cleaning, bread, retail and cereal
bags, among others.
Through its two closed-loop recycling facilities in North
Vernon, Ind., and Shawano, Wis., Novolex says it recycles
more than 50 million pounds of used plastic bags, film and
wraps into new, recycled-content plastic retail bags each
year. In cooperation with the American Progressive Bag
Alliance, Novolex has worked in partnership with grocers
and retailers around the county to establish nearly 30,000
Bag-2-Bag in-store drop-off points where shoppers can return their plastic bags for recycling.
All three of Novolex's Dallas-area plants in Garland,
Farmers Branch and Carrollton, Texas, have received
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