About IPL


Over 75 years of innovation and leadership

Founded in 1939 by Mr. J. Émile Metivier IPL first started as a small manufacturer of household items such as brooms, brushes and toothbrushes. Innovation has always been around the corner and by 1971, the company had marketed the first monoblock chair in Canada, the first beverage plastic crates and was the first to manufacture plastic snowmobile coverings. In 1984, IPL became the first Canadian company to receive Q1-preferred quality certification and moved on to be the first Canadian company to acquire a 3300 ton injection press, in 1990. Always looking forward, IPL implemented the International Quality system ISO 9001 in 1993 and became the first North American injection molding company to do so in its industry. The same year, IPL launched the first tamper evident break-tab on small containers and by 1996, IPL was mastering In-mold labelling technology. IPL’s St-Damien plant is certified ISO 14001 since 2003 and HACCP in 2013. Today, all products manufactured by IPL meet the HACCP program to ensure a high quality standard, particularly for the food industry.

Over the past 20 years, IPL has grounded its roots in four market segments in which the company is proud to be at the cutting edge of technology. In 2011, IPL acquired Plastic Enterprises Co. in Missouri, USA. In 2015, One51 plc, now IPL Plastics plc, a leading environmental-services and plastics operator, has agreed to acquire a majority stake in IPL. This acquisition has significantly increased IPL Plastics plc’s international reach while providing IPL with a strategic partner that will accelerate its growth in North America. 

In 2016, IPL acquired Encore Industries Inc., a plastic container manufacturer and distributor with customers throughout the US and Canada. In 2017 IPL pursued its growth and acquired Macro Plastics Inc., the largest manufacturer of rigid plastic bulk bins worldwide and a market leader in providing value-added rigid plastic bulk packaging solutions to the agricultural and automotive sectors. IPL is now the third largest player in this sector in North America.