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, with this acquisition, IPL became one of the major injection molding companies in North America.
In 2015, One51 plc, a leading environmental-services and plastics operator, has agreed to acquire a majority stake in IPL. This acquisition has significantly increased One51’s international reach while providing IPL with a strategic partner that will accelerate its growth in North America.