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SOPREMA Canada set to open two new manufacturing plants

The city of Sherbrooke is about to welcome the first SOPREMA extruded polystyrene insulation manufacturing plant in North America.  When complete later this year, the 178,000 sq. ft. facility will manufacture extruded polystyrene (XPS), a closed-cell foam insulation made of flat panels that are mainly used as thermal insulation for foundation systems, parking lots and reverse roofs (including green roofs).

The plant is just one of SOPREMA Canada’s new manufacturing facilities, and continued evidence of the company’s tremendous growth within the insulation industry. Offering a diverse product line that extends beyond waterproofing, SOPREMA is proud to be a recognised leader in high-performance energy-saving, low-environmental impact insulation products suitable for all applications.

Mr. Pierre-Étienne Bindschedler, President of SOPREMA and Mr. Richard Voyer, Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer, recently unveiled the products it will be manufacturing at the new plant in Sherbrooke Regional Industrial Park at a ceremony marking the beginning of construction.

"SOPREMA is experiencing remarkable growth thanks to these initiatives, and has become a leader in insulation,” said Voyer. “We like to do things differently and it bears fruit!"

The new plant on Robert-Boyd Street is expected to create about 50 jobs within the next three years. SOPREMA also operates a polyisocyanurate manufacturing plant in Drummondville and recently acquired Benolec, a cellulosic product manufacturer.

SBS-Modified Bitumen Membrane Plant in Woodstock

As further evidence of the company’s growth, SOPREMA recently marked the beginning of construction on another new plant—this one based in Woodstock, Ontario. The new 107,000 ft2 facility will be dedicated to the production of SBS-modified bitumen membranes, a fundamental waterproofing material for roofs. The company will also invest in new production lines to increase cost efficiency and enhance global competitiveness, making it the most innovative plant of the SOPREMA group.

“Our new Woodstock plant will feature state-of-the-art production technology,” said Michel Plante, Director of Operations. “This is a major milestone in the evolution of SOPREMA Canada. With this investment, combined with our superior customer service and continuous innovation, we will be able to meet the increasingly high expectations of our customers and rapidly changing market.”

Ideally located at the intersection of NAFTA Superhighways 401 and 403, the new Woodstock plant is accessible to future customers and employees. The plant will be functional by the end of 2018 and, like the new Sherbrooke plant, will create approximately 50 jobs.

Woodstock Mayor Trevor Birtch welcomed the arrival of SOPREMA, commenting: “SOPREMA is a leader in its field, both for the quality of its products and the innovation of its team, as evidenced by the products that will be manufactured in the new plant. Its presence reinforces the excellent positioning and the attractiveness of the Woodstock industrial sector.”

For more information on SOPREMA’s growing product line, visit: www.soprema.ca.

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