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Norpak Handling Ltd. / 2012 revenues: $5 million / Employees: 13 / Specialty: Unit-handling conveyor systems Stewart Raynor, president: “It is our application knowledge of various industries and types of conveyors that sets us apart.” Conveying Ideas norpak handling ltd. offers decades of experience for clients in need of conveyor solutions. by brian salgado Norpak Handling Ltd. may be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, but the knowledge and expertise of its senior management extends well beyond the quarter-century mark. In fact, it is this experience and dedication to service that has made the conveyor system distributor a success throughout Canada. “We are primarily a supplier of other people’s products,” President Stewart Raynor says. “Our strength is the applications knowledge we have of various industries and the types of conveyors we can offer to improve our customers’ operations.” Norpak Handling is a North American leader in the design and integration of material-handling systems. Founded in 1988, Norpak quickly established a reputation for its customer service and value-engineering. It offers turnkey installations designed, built and commissioned on time to clients’ technical specifications. Raynor founded Norpak after having served since 1984 as general manager of Mathews Australia, a conveyor company that was set up as a joint venture between Canadian manufacturer Mathews Conveyor and a distributor in Australia. When Raynor returned to Canada in 1987, Mathews was going through a major reorganization and he found he needed a job. He founded Norpak Handling as a distributor of unit-handling conveyors for clients throughout Canada. The company caters to automotive, postal/courier, warehousing, distribution, food and beverage, and manufacturing clients. Norpak’s primary geographic market is Canada, which it serves through offices in Montreal; Port Hope, norpak handling caters to automotive, postal, warehousing, distribution, food and manufacturing clients. Ontario; and Vancouver, but it also serves a growing list of international clients. The company recently completed a major project for a customer in the middle of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. The company also has equipment in Australia, the United States, Europe, Chile, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. Acquisition Expansion In January 2010, the Northumberland Group – which owns Norpak – purchased McKessock Engineering, which was subsequently renamed McKessock Conveyor Solutions Ltd. Founded 33 years ago, the company serves clients in the Greater Toronto Area and western Ontario, as well as customers throughout Canada. Raynor says McKessock served a niche market with standardized products, which complements Norpak Handling’s capabilities with custom systems. The acquisition has added significantly to annual sales, according to Raynor. Before this acquisition, the company purchased the conveyor division of BC Conveying Machinery of Vancouver in 2000. This company added significant capabilities on the material-handling side of the conveyor industry as well as a large customer base in western Canada. “During the 1990s our business doubled every year,” Raynor says. “Following the purchase of our Vancouver operation, we also opened an office in Montreal again creating growth opportunities. WINTER 2012 113

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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012
Wauseon Machine
Applied Energy Solutions
Carter Control Systems
Global Technology Systems
Positech Corp.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Carbide Products
Datacard Group
Fullerton Tool Co. Inc.
Honda of South Carolina
Fintube LLC
Sapa Extrusions North America
ACE Controls Inc.
Vendors Exchange International Inc.
EXEL North America
DJO Global
Capewell Components Co.
U.S. Sugar Corp.
Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Lakeside Plastics Ltd.
Norpak Handling Ltd.
Mid-State Machine Products
TenCate Protective Fabrics
The Dupps Co.
Western Manufacturing Ltd.
Wisconsin Plastics Inc.
Metrolina Greenhouses
LaSalle Bristol LP
Clarion Bathware
DAP Products Inc.
Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc.
Engineered Material Solutions LLC
Master Spas Inc.
Nypro Inc.
Kelly-Moore Paints
Palomar Technologies
U.S. Chemical & Plastics Inc.
Varflex Corporation
Votaw Precision Technologies
Watry Industries
Wigwam Mills
Banker Steel Co.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012