Glad marks 50 years of manufacturing in Orangeville

Monday October 02, 2017
Written by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Glad marks 50 years of manufacturing in Orangeville
Photo: CNW Group/GLAD Canada
Oct. 2, 2017 - The Glad plant in Orangeville, Ont., is celebrating its 50th year in operation this year.

“It is a unique milestone certainly in Ontario, if not Canada, for a manufacturing plant to stay operating that long,” says Peter Reynolds, plant manager at the Clorox Company of Canada’s Glad plant in Orangeville. “But it’s more than just celebrating the fact that we’ve been around 50 years, it’s all about the people, the sense of pride they have in the workplace and in the products that they make.”

One thing that has remained constant over the years is its commitment to the community, said the company in a statement.

“Our employees today and employees in the past take a lot of pride in the GLAD name,” says Reynolds. Employing a workforce of 110, the plant has donated more than $168,000 both corporately and through employees to community organizations and causes over the past decade.

As part of the Clorox Company of Canada’s Gift Campaign, employees can give through payroll deductions and the company will match that same amount of donations to a registered charity of the employee’s choice.

“Glad’s products play an important role in everyday life and the way we divert and manage waste,” says Mike Pilato, general manager, Clorox Company of Canada. “Fifty years is a long time and brings with it a profound commitment to this community. The Orangeville plant is a proud part of the Glad and Clorox Company of Canada story.”

The Orangeville plant has a number of safety and quality awards over its 50-year history manufacturing both indoor and outdoor garbage bags as well as cling wrap for both Canadian and U.S. markets. The plant is also the sole supplier of Glad’s compostable products across North America and one of two Clorox facilities with a Zero waste designation.

“We’re not as big as our sister sites, we don’t have economies of scale – so we have to be great at other things,” says Reynold. “We focus heavily on safety and quality…it’s a differentiator for us.”

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