Packages of many shapes and sizes

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Five-thousand-pound rolls of corrugated paper are piled three high, waiting to be transformed into boxes. As the machinery unwinds the giant rolls, they are succes¬sively glued, shaped, and cut to emerge as thousands of flat individual pieces that are easily folded into custom cardboard boxes of all sizes.

In 1960, Norampac-Moncton (formerly Domtar Packaging) was the first company to be established in the then newly built Moncton Industrial Park. A half-century and two expansions later, the manufacturer of corrugated packaging containers still operates out of the same location and services clients throughout Atlantic Canada and northeastern Maine. From beer boxes to live-seafood shipping boxes, Norampac-Moncton's 115 employees manufacture all types of corrugated boxes.

General manager Clint Dockree sees lots opportunity for growth with the company's line of sustain¬able products; namely, boxes made with Norshield (an environmentally friendly water-repellent treatment, an alternative to traditional waxed boxes) and "chilltainer" (a sterile replacement for Styrofoam). Boxes covered with Norshield can be recycled, as opposed to waxed boxes that often end up in landfills. "People are more environmen¬tally conscious than they used to be," says Dockree. "A lot of our clients ship their products to Europe, where some countries don't accept wax boxes and Styrofoam."

Norampac-Moncton is an enduring client among many located in one of Moncton's three industrial parks. Among them are large distribution centres with familiar names such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaw Atlantic, Kent Building Supplies, Kraft Canada, NAPA, Uniselect, and Chep Canada, as well as such manufacturing companies as Molson Coors, Irving Personal Care, and Royal Doors. The list is long, but all have one thing in common: They have found a thriving business environment in Moncton.

The preceding article was extracted from a special supplement on Moncton and its industrial parks in the June issue of Progress Magazine. Download a copy below.

June, 2012



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