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Canplas Industries / 2009 sales: $80 million+ / HQ: Barrie, Ontario / Employees: 200+ / Specialty: Injection-molded products Andrew Bird, business development manager: “We are trying to promote two-way conversations between Canplas and its users.” canplas serves distributors and the foodservice market from five locations across north america. The Right Mold canplas strives to solve everyday problems with its injection-molded products. by alan dorich When people visit a restaurant, they often don’t look behind the scenes and see the little things that help keep the business running smoothly, like plumbing. But that is one of the areas where Canplas Industries focuses its work. Based in Barrie, Ontario, the company manufactures injection-molded plumbing, ventilation and central vacuum products for the construction industry. Its plumbing products, specifically, are often sold via wholesale distributors to clients in the foodservice industry. Canplas started operations in 1966 in New Westminster, British 106 WINTER 2011 Columbia, with two injection molding machines and 12 employees. Since then, the company has transitioned to Central Canada, and now employs a staff of more than 200 across five locations in North America. In Barrie, Canplas has a 150,000square-foot manufacturing facility and a 200,000-square-foot distribution center. Canplas’ distributors include major plumbing houses such as Ferguson Enterprises Inc. and Wolseley plc, to small, local independent distributors. On the foodservice side, Canplas focuses on repair and replacement business again servicing a breadth of clients from chain restaurant locations to “mom-and-pop-type restaurants,” says Andrew Bird, business development manager. Many customers will buy their equipment at the most convenient location and have a plumbing contractor install it. Canplas’s most popular product in the foodservice market, Bird notes, is the Endura Grease Interceptor. “The foodservice route to market has grown to represent the largest portion of the products we sell in that area,” he says. Areas of Concentration Bird says one of the drivers of the company’s success has been its ability to stay innovative in its product offering. For instance, with its plumbing products, Canplas always tries to find ways where it could address everyday problems in the field. The Endura Grease Management line is a

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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2011
Global Strategies
Business Value
Freudenberg Household Products
O.K. Foods Inc.
DJO Inc.
CMC Biologics
Packaging Progressions Inc.
Denison Industries
Burr Oak Tool Inc.
Cambridge International
Certified Transmission
Elopak Inc.
Patriot Forge Co.
Aseptic Solutions USA
Comex Group/Frazee Paint
Fabrica Fine Carpet and Rugs
Munroe Inc.
Peerless Mfg. Co.
Canplas Industries
Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed
R.F. Hunter Co.
Ace Electronics
Advanced Fiber Technologies
Behringer Saws Inc.
Berger Paints – Trinidad Ltd.
DBS Manufacturing Inc.
DDH Enterprise
Deltak LLC
EVS Metal
Fisher Tank Co.
Hanford Pharmaceuticals
Hess Industries Inc.
Holjeron Inc.
Mid-Continent Engineering
New England Ropes
Ranor Inc.
SET Enterprises Inc.
Swaim Inc.
Total Electronics LLC
Weinbrenner Shoe Co.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2011