Layfield: Manufacturing Protection

The Layfield group has you covered – all over the world, and especially in B.C. They expanded from one small shop in Edmonton to become a world leader in geosynthetic technology with their headquarters and production facilities in the lower mainland.

President Tom Rose bought the company in 1978, and with his background in plastics, expanded his operations, opening new offices across Canada, the US, and around the world. But even with this expansive growth, he kept the business family oriented with his son, son-in-law, and daughter each running major parts of the company.

Layfield’s products are used the world over for a myriad of purposes. Their geosynthetic membranes are ideal for protecting the environment; they manufacture floating covers to protect drinking water from contamination and evaporation; they build aqua dams to protect communities from flooding; and their flexible packaging products protect the food that it contains.

Richmond is home to one of their largest production facilities, and it saw an expansion in 2004 to increase their geo-membrane, produce packaging and construction films production.

“We’re doing it here in B.C.”, says Layfield’s director of Human Resources, Tom Curley. “And we are expanding our Richmond plant even more in order to produce the highest quality of printed packaging.”

Already, Layfield employs 355 people, and this expansion is looking to increase that number significantly here in the province.

The company’s new packaging capabilities follow what Layfield has been doing for decades now: finding ways to do things better. “We go around the world and look at what the best practices are,” says Curley. “We then look for the opportunity to incorporate that into our own products and procedures.”

They are a vertically integrated company, and they can do every step from manufacturing, fabrication, installation, and maintenance of their products. This level of involvement leads to more job growth within the company and ensures a high level of quality and gives their customers peace of mind.

“You have to have the courage to go out there and make a name for yourself,” says Curley. “We take pride in our name, the quality of product we deliver, and the protection we provide our customer; hence our slogan, ‘We Protect’”.

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