The development of Winpak from its inception as a single manufacturing facility in 1977 until the present day has been accomplished through both
organic growth and acquisitions. This growth was driven through continued and relentless focus on the proven strategy of the established market and geographic
framework of Winpak's expertise. Winpak is fundamentally committed to ongoing technical advancement and the development of new packaging concepts within
a low-cost manufacturing environment. With this commitment, Winpak grew from the single facility in Winnipeg, Canada, to ten specialized production sites
across North America.
Winpak, from the sole facility in Winnipeg, Canada establishes a respectable position in the North American modified atmosphere packaging market,
a specialty sector of the flexible packaging market demanding advanced manufacturing technology.
By 1987, Winpak identified the need to expand the product range to ensure the company continued as a supplier to the larger North American food
and beverage companies. At the beginning of 1988, Winpak acquired 80 percent of Flex-On, Inc., now operating as Winpak Films Inc., and in 1989 acquired
the remaining 20 percent. Winpak Films has achieved a strong market position based on unique technology and a strong commitment to the customer. The two
blown film production facilities manufacture specialty materials utilizing state-of-the-art multilayer extrusion lines that strengthened Winpak's position
in niche film markets.
In 1992, Winpak acquired the packaging business of PNG Products Inc., one of North America's premier converters of flexible packaging materials.
The facility in Toronto operated from this location as Winpak Technologies.
In 1993, Winpak acquired three rigid plastic packaging manufacturing facilities from Consumer's Packaging and formed Winpak Portion Packaging. Winpak Portion Packaging manufactures thermoformed rigid plastic cups, trays and rollstock sheet for the food, beverage, and dairy industries. These rigid products are used in conjunction with heat-sealable flexible lidding and packaging machines and marketed as part of a complete packaging system. In 2000, a manufacturing location in Bristol, Pennsylvania was closed. The realignment left Winpak Portion Packaging operating with two manufacturing locations; Chicago, Illinois and Toronto, Ontario, along with an administrative office in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
Winpak acquired the W.A. Lane companies in 1996, a California-based manufacturer of packaging machines and formed Winpak Lane. The San Bernardino,
California plant produces and distributes equipment worldwide to the food, dairy, health care and cosmetics industries utilizing flexible and semi-rigid
packaging materials. Winpak Lane is the recognized leader in the design of packaging machinery used for liquid and semi-liquid products.
Winpak Heat Seal Packaging was created in 1997 from the acquisition of Heat Seal Packaging Inc. of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec. The company is an
integrated manufacturer of heat-sealable membranes and die-cut lids for the food, beverage, dairy and healthcare industries, completing Winpak's existing
offering of rigid food containers and machinery.
In 1998, Winpak established a new operating unit, American Biaxis Inc., with a 51 percent owned joint venture with Nichimen, now Sojitz Corporation,
of Japan to manufacture and distribute biaxially-oriented polyamide (BOPA) film in the Americas. The manufacture of BOPA material adds to Winpak's offering
in the modified atmosphere packaging market.
In 2002, Winpak acquired the assets of Webkote, a market leader in die-cut foil lidding, and now operates in Illinois as Winpak Heat Seal Corporation.
The combined lidding production of the two Winpak Heat Seal manufacturing facilities make Winpak the largest foil lid supplier in North America.
Winpak sold the assets of the printed, paper bag business operated at Winpak Technologies in Toronto, Ontario. The plant was closed at the end
of the year. The non-paper products manufactured at the plant were consolidated into other Winpak facilities.
In 2010, Winpak commissioned a major expansion to its Winpak Films Inc. manufacturing facility. Winpak Films produces various technology-based
specialty films and packaging materials for MAPfresh® modified atmosphere packaging for fresh meat and cheese, VertiPak® films for retail and institutional
vertical-form-fill-seal packaging of liquids and dry-flow products, WINseal® highly specialized coextruded converting films for value-added food and industrial
packaging, and DuraShrink® barrier shrink bags for perishable meat and cheese packaging. Winpak Films' operations are located in Senoia, Georgia.
In 2012, as part of a major expansion, Winpak Portion Packaging opened a new manufacturing facility in Sauk Village, IL. The new facility added thermoforming capacity for the production of rigid containers and additional warehousing space to support sales growth.
Also in 2012, Winpak Heat Seal opened a new facility in Queretaro, Mexico. The primary purpose of this facility is to provide local supply of die cut lids to the Mexican market as well as other Latin American countries. Other Winpak Heat Seal products will be warehoused and distributed from this facility starting in 2013.