In the 1960s, Kord Products was a prominent and well-respected manufacturer of plastic horticulture containers for Canada’s high-volume greenhouse and nursery markets. Competitors and other options were few at that time, which afforded Kord the opportunity to secure the majority of market share in the lucrative greenhouse and nursery growing container industry.
But as several decades passed, the greenhouse and nursery markets began to evolve throughout Canada, and Kord recognized what seemed to be an irreversible shift in resin container production – both from an economic and societal standpoint.
Economically, many growers were faced with the reality of unsustainable profit margins due to increased costs and labor challenges. Sourcing containers from vendors overseas suddenly became a cost-effective and viable solution for maintaining profits across their business.
Socially, the subject of sustainability was infiltrating conversations between environmentally-conscious consumers – placing greater demands for sustainable options at garden centers and big-box stores across the country, who up until now believed plastic horticulture containers were still an acceptable choice in the market.
With increased competition stateside, as well as overseas, Kord decided to reinvent and differentiate themselves in the greenhouse and nursery container market. They leveraged their brand equity and long-standing customer relationships throughout Canada and introduced a new line of sustainable fiber solutions manufactured exclusively from recycled newspapers.
The Burlington, Ontario manufacturing facility spans 46,000 square feet – almost the size of a professional U.S. football field – and sits on a little over five acres of property to handle the inbound and outbound shipping needs of the facility.
Today, the entire Kord family is proud to be a part of The HC Companies. While the processes and technologies have certainly evolved over the last 30 plus years, The HC Companies remains committed to one ideal – providing a truly sustainable fiber solution for businesses looking to positively impact their environmental footprint.
The Burlington, Ontario manufacturing facility spans 46,000 square feet. In 2019, the facility used 2,000,000 pounds of recycled newspaper creating sustainable fiber solutions.Why fiber?
The Burlington, Ontario manufacturing facility spans 46,000 square feet – almost the size of a professional U.S. football field – and sits on a little over five acres of property to handle the inbound and outbound shipping needs of the facility.How can we help?