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Exi-Plast Custom Moulding Ltd.

large molds up to 50 inches wide by 90 inches tall with
shot sizes up to 50 pounds. Exi-Plast also uses Kaizen for
continuous improvement and 5S for waste reduction.
The company's proprietary lines include the 60 Plus
Rain Barrel, Pro-Series Park Benchends and the Style
200 Watering Cans. Additionally, Exi-Plast manufactures Jetfloat module dock and raft systems and is Ontario's West Coast Jetfloat distributor.
"We are very selective in the projects we take on, and
we don't do commodity products," Lang says. "The products we make are highly specialized and high margin. We
only do high density polyethylene products, no polypropylene, however we do use engineered mixes or blends."

Ongoing Improvement
One of the circumstances that positioned Exi-Plast for
success is the scarcity of blow molded products producers in North America. Many commodity blow molded
items are now produced overseas. Exi-Plast's capabilities
allow it to be selective regarding the projects it chooses
because of the lack of North American capacity.
"By staying out of high-volume commodity areas, we
can bring on a larger array of products and round out
our expertise," Lang says. "We can quickly and effectively change tools and colors. Downtime is expensive, and
you don't want machines out of service long when doing
short runs."
Exi-Plast is able to pursue growth thanks to its current
initiatives, as well as its profitability prior to the passing
of its founder a few years ago. Since Lang purchased the
company in April 2014, Exi-Plast has invested in equipment maintenance, streamlining efficiencies and training and recruitment.
"We have a lot of room to grow," Lang says. "The company will need to make capital expenditures moving forward to bring in new equipment, as the last year has been
focused on tuning everything up."
Sustainable operations have been another focal area
for Exi-Plast. The company is recycling flash and trimming waste and using as much recycled materials as possible in the production process. The company is also interested in using renewable energy to reduce its energy
costs and carbon footprint, so it is looking at investing in
a large solar power project.
"Ontario has the highest utility costs in North America," Lang says. "We want to get off the grid as much as
we can, because it can be hard to be competitive because
of utility costs. Our recycling program reduces waste and

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costs, and it promotes a greener culture. To build on that
with our solar program, we are looking to start with 500
kilowatts and hoping we can get up to 1 megawatt. We are
looking at rooftop and ground mounted solar, and we are
also exploring the possibility of investing in an anaerobic
digester to create biogas as part of a cogeneration facility."
By continually striving to expand its presence with local
manufacturers and distributors and with markets around
the world, Exi-Plast is confident that it can continue to
produce a wide range of large and small molded parts. Its
research and development efforts are ongoing, and it is
continuously seeking quality and process improvement.
"Smart growth is our focus," Lang says. "We want to
make wise decisions about the business we bring on, creating win-win relationships that are good for our business
and our customers. Our aim is to put out consistently
good products and meet customer objectives and requirements. The scarcity of producers in this niche market in
plastics means there is a lot of opportunity available, so it
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