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A really BIG order

Plastics fabricator Plastique Polyfab Inc. (Jonquire, QC) recently completed one of its most challenging projects ever: two intake pre-filters for filtration of sea water. The massive pre-filters are...


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February 1, 2001 by Canadian Plastics




Plastics fabricator Plastique Polyfab Inc. (Jonquire, QC) recently completed one of its most challenging projects ever: two intake pre-filters for filtration of sea water. The massive pre-filters are 7.5 m in diameter by 3.5 m high.

Plastique Polyfab helped design the structures, and then put in over 2000 man-hours of labor over a period of six weeks to manufacture the two units. The pre-filters are manufactured of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) sheet welded with HDPE rod, and some thermoformed components. In all, 12,500 kg of HDPE sheet and more than 500 kg of HDPE rods were used. Each unit weighs over 7200 kg.

Roads were closed at night as the structures were transported to the Port of Quebec. From there, they were loaded onto a barge and towed to their point of use, two kilometers off the shore of Rimouski, Que. They were installed at a depth of 20 m.

“We’ve had reports from the customer that the units are operating successfully, and that the project has generated interest from other potential buyers,” reports Marc Lewis, president of Plastique Polyfab.

Congratulations…

Moldmaker I.Thibault Inc. (St. Damien, QC) has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managaed Private Companies. The competition for Canada’s 50 Best is sponsored by Arthur Andersen, CIBC and the National Post. Companies are measured on a number of key areas, such as managing employees, attracting customers and managing assets.

Applying the experience gained by serving its neighbor, injection molder IPL Inc., I. Thibault has secured a number of world-class clients, and is achieving 17 percent growth per year. The company follows continuous improvement principles, strives to respect employees and clients, and keeps its commitments.

Congratulations also go to several industry-related companies that were winners last year and have maintained their 50 Best status: Ingenia Polymers Corp., Injectech Industries Inc., Nitrex Metal Inc., Stochem Inc., Wentworth Technologies.

People…

Steve Main has joined Davidson Sales as Sales Representative responsible for southwestern Ontario. Main has extensive experience in servicing customers combined with senior management experience.

CPIA Atlantic Region has named Gary Rent Leader of the Year. Rent is a past chairman of CPIA Atlantic, and works with pipe extruder Ipex. Ed Baker, vice-president of Chester Plastics, has taken over as chairman of CPIA Atlantic.

Reinhard Rieder has been named executive vice president and general manager of Engel Canada Inc. He will work from the Guelph, ON headquarters. He was formerly vice-president, operations for the injection molding equipment manufacturer.

Omnexus (Atlanta, GA), the global plastics e-marketplace, has named Peter Dunning as its chief executive officer. Dunning has experience in technology, software and enterprise solutions, including some time as a senior vice-president of Oracle.