21 June 2018
$1.2M expansion project – The Color Group Inaugurates its New Plant in Sherbrooke
PRESS RELEASE – With clients, suppliers, partners, employees, and friends in attendance, The Color Group proudly and officially inaugurated its new facilities at 3995 Industriel Boulevard in the Sherbrooke Regional Industrial Park. The goal of this move is to accommodate the significant growth of the Sherbrooke division of Canadian Custom Packaging and The Color Group in recent years.
Center, front : Josée Fortin, General Director of Sherbrooke Innopole, Alexandre Nault, Director of Operations at The Color Group in Sherbrooke, Steve Lussier, Mayor of Sherbrooke, surrounded by guests, partners, and all employees on site.
Operating on Portland Boulevard since 2001, the company – which primarily designs, manufactures, and packages colour cosmetics for major brand names and pharmacy chains on a contract basis – had been feeling more and more crowded in its 17 000 sq. ft. premises, to such an extent that it was no longer able to take on new contracts. Having moved into its new plant in March 2018, The Color Group now has three times the surface area. The company estimates that it has already doubled its production capacity, especially thanks to the addition of two assembly lines and cutting-edge equipment.
“In addition to a new lipstick moulding machine, two hydraulic presses are about to be installed, which will enable us to press and package up to 56 bath bombs per minute, boosting efficiency by almost 1000% compared to the work currently done by hand. The space now available to us has enabled us to expand and to separate manufacturing departments, allowing for a much more fluid management of our various projects. Everything is truly in place for our company to pursue its growth,” explained Alexandre Nault, Director of Operations at The Color Group in Sherbrooke.
The company has, in fact, quintupled its turnover since 2011. To meet this growing demand, The Color Group hired some 30 employees last year, bringing its number of full-time workers up to 75. The expansion project, which to date has required investments of $1.2M, will enable the consolidation of current positions, and management foresees the creation of another dozen or so positions in production and quality assurance in the short term. The Color Group is also planning to continue investing in its facilities while pursuing its energy efficiency efforts.
“The members of municipal council and I want to make Sherbrooke a more and more prosperous city. The Color Group, the Sherbrooke division of Canadian Custom Packaging, is a model to follow in terms of productivity and economic development. We are very proud of this,” stated Sherbrooke Mayor Steve Lussier.
In its search for the new site, the business was able to rely on support from Sherbrooke Innopole through its location service. “We are thrilled that The Color Group is expanding in Sherbrooke. The rapid growth that the company has experienced in recent years shows that not only does our city provide an atmosphere conducive to success in the five key sectors, it also demonstrates that the prosperity of Sherbrooke’s economy is based on its diversity,” noted Josée Fortin, Director General of Sherbrooke Innopole. Canadian Custom Packaging had several options, and that of relocating its Sherbrooke division was not ruled out. We are pleased to have been able to help Mr. Nault and his team point out Sherbrooke’s assets and internal expertise. ”
About The Color Group
The Color Group, a division of Canadian Custom Packaging, manufactures personal care products and cosmetics (eye shadow, lip gloss, eyeliner, foundation, etc.) for renowned brands as well as for the retail market. ISO 22716 certified, its expertise and its facilities place it in a prime position on the North American market. The company is known for its R&D department. In its lab, The Color Group creates customized formulae for each product, for each client. Its products are recognized for their colour, texture, sheen, and active ingredients.
Sources: The Color Group and Sherbrooke Innopole
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