The bell rings at 12:30 p.m. signaling to the workers that lunch is over and it’s time to get back to work.
The machines have been stopped for a mere half hour as the workers ate and chatted it up in the lunch room.
Now it’s time to get the laminators laminating, the slitters slitting and the pouch-maker making pouches.
Pentaflex Packaging has been producing plastic bags for over 15 years.
However, who they have been producing for has dramatically changed in the last five years. A once long list of customers has been getting shorter and shorter.
Where have some of their money-making accounts gone? Asia. No, they haven’t jumped on a plane and headed to Asia.
Their former clients have simply been purchasing their products from Asian competitors instead.
Pentaflex Packaging has been losing hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in the last couple of years because the company simply cannot compete with cheap Asian imports that seem to be flooding the Canadian market, tax-free.
“I just came back from Asia and I can tell you that the quality is there,” said Jean-Guy D