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Premier Tech expanding Rivière-du-Loup plant

March 6, 2017
By Premier Tech

March 6, 2017 - To support the steady growth of its Industrial Equipment Group, Premier Tech will inject $7 million into expanding one of the plants at its campus in Rivière-du-Loup. That investment is required due to the great demand for its automated packaging systems manufactured in Rivière-du-Loup and exported primarily to the Americas. The multiple acquisitions over the last few years in this sector are also greatly contributing to the need for increasing the company's manufacturing capacity.

Starting in March, the work for adding 2,300 square metres (25,000 ft2) to one of the two Industrial Equipment Group plants in Rivière-du-Loup will get under way. The expansion will include an area dedicated to final assembly and start-up of the automated packaging systems designed by Premier Tech’s engineering teams, as well as an isolated area dedicated to stainless steel work. The latter aspect is necessary with the considerable increase in sales in the food industry that the Group has been experiencing for several years.

Over the next three years, nearly 30 new team members will join the roughly 60 already at this plant, the surface area of which will then reach nearly 7,000 square metres (75,000 ft2).

“This expansion is a major step for our Industrial Equipment Group teams,” states Jean Bélanger, President and CEO of Premier Tech. “It demonstrates the extent of our teams’ skills. Our clients, regardless of where they are from, don’t hesitate to come to Rivière-du-Loup because they recognize the state-of-the-art nature of our solutions. The growth potential is considerable, and it’s really very encouraging for the entire team.”

This major investment is in addition to the $15-million one, announced earlier this winter, for the expansion of the campus’s road network and the construction of a three-storey office building. This will bring Premier Tech’s investments to over $21 million into its campus over the next year.


Premier Tech has been growing its leadership position globally for more than 90 years, driven by the collective power of its 3,500 team members in 24 countries. Leveraging its human capital as well as a deeply rooted Culture revolving around innovation and excellence, Premier Tech focuses its efforts in three core industries: Horticulture and Agriculture – greenhouse production, agriculture, and lawn and garden; Industrial Equipment – rigid and flexible packaging, material handling, and palletizing; and Environmental Technologies – wastewater treatment and rainwater harvesting. Committed to the long-­term success of its clients, Premier Tech today records sales of nearly 675 million dollars, backed by a strong manufacturing and commercial expertise, a far-reaching entrepreneurial approach and a quarter-century-­long track record of solid growth.

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