Recent Milestones Mark Ropack’s 35th Anniversary, Position the Contract Packager for Growth
Montreal, Canada — December 2011— During its 35th anniversary, Ropack celebrates its notable past which continues to shape the company. At the same time, it demonstrates that it is a company clearly focused on the future. Two recent milestones propel the contract packager for the pharmaceutical and consumer health-care industries into that strong future: the launch of a $9 million low RH, controlled-temperature production facility for stick-pack and all temperature- and humidity-sensitive products and the acquisition of a neighboring building which expands the company’s campus.
In 1976, Roger Massicotte and a partner recognized a niche opportunity: the production of private label sugar pouches requiring short runs that the large refineries would not accommodate. So, in 4,000 square feet of rented space, the two founders Ropack’s only staff for more than a year produced 300 different brands on a pair of secondhand machines skillfully refurbished by Massicotte. Today, Ropack provides primary and secondary packaging, warehousing and distribution to some of the most respected brands in the pharmaceutical and consumer health-care industries. Owning 247,000 square feet of space, with green fields that can accommodate another 60,000 square feet, the company employs 300.
“My father started Ropack in 1976 with a passion to make it successful,” says Yves Massicotte, the company’s president and CEO. “That determination motivates me every day and is an integral part of our company culture. Our newest production facility is the work of our terrific team, each of them driven to ensure that Ropack’s facilities, equipment, quality, integrity and service cannot be matched elsewhere in North America.”
The new 15,000-square-foot temperature- and humidity-controlled facility, which began production in May, increases the company’s packaging options to include stick-pack — slim, tube-shaped packets —reflects Ropack’s commitment to spearhead in North America this packaging option which is a preferred choice in Europe and Asia. “As a company anchored by long-term strategy, it’s particularly appropriate that we are launching this state-of-the-industry facility during our 35th anniversary,” observes Massicotte.
Long-term vision also drove the decision to purchase the neighboring 37,000-square-foot building, earmarked to accommodate the demand for warehousing and distribution, and eventually to increase production and office space. “Expanding our square footage signals our commitment to growth and to ongoing improvements that place Ropack at the forefront of technology and service,” notes Massicotte. “It tells our clients, both current and prospective, of our stability as well as our ability to be an effective production extension of their own company.”
Ropack, a contract packaging and manufacturing provider for the pharmaceutical and consumer health-care industries, offers turnkey primary and secondary packaging of solid oral dosage. Ropack operates ambient and refrigerated manufacturing, packaging and warehousing space, providing temperature-monitored distribution services to wholesale distribution networks, physicians and clinical study sites in Canada and the U.S. Facilities are cGMP compliant, Health Canada certified, FDA site-licensed and hold a Natural Health Product license.