For immediate release February 3, 2017
Irish environmental and injection molding company One51 plc is acquiring a like- minded firm to
expand its footprint in North America.
Forsyth, GA . One51 announces the purchase of Encore Industries Inc., through its North American
subsidiary IPL Inc. In addition to the acquisition, IPL will invest an additional $18 million in
the Forsyth, GA facility to expand its production capacity.
“The acquisition of Encore together with the [IPL] capital investment program represents a
significant step forward in One51’s continued growth in the global plastic packaging market,” noted
One51 CEO Alan Walsh.
“While trying to determine the best location for the company’s growth, it was obvious Forsyth was
open for business. The Development Authority of Monroe County, the City of Forsyth, and the Georgia
Department of Economic Development were instrumental in ensuring Forsyth was the best decision,”
said Daniel Corbeil, Vice President of Operations.
James Vaughn, Chairman of the Development Authority of Monroe County said, “the Authority and City
had been working with the previous owner on expanding their operations in Forsyth and remained
committed to working with the new owners. This was a complex project. On one hand we were working
with an existing industry on the other we were courting a new industry. We are pleased with their
decision and look forward to their success.”
“Existing Industry is the cornerstone of business. We are excited that One51/IPL chose Forsyth for
their investment. It truly has been a pleasure working with the transition team on this project and
the City looks forward to meeting Encore’s growing utility needs” said Mayor Eric Wilson.
As part of the investment, IPL will add 8 new injection molding machines, including 4 big tonnage
machines and state of the art automation so it will more than double the current plant capacity.
Also, that capacity expansion should create more than 20 jobs.
With the additional jobs and need to cross train existing employees, workforce training was a key
component in the location process. As such, it was crucial to have the Georgia Department of
Economic Development onboard to assist Encore with these training needs. “It’s great day in Georgia
when a company chooses to expand its North American footprint here,” said Candice Scott, Regional
Project Manager with the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “This is fantastic news for
Forsyth, and we look forward to working closely with Encore and IPL as they establish a presence
One51 said the Encore deal brings a high quality and complementary customer base with cross-
selling opportunities for IPL and Encore. The two plastics businesses will have more opportunity
for new product development and synergies in resin procurement etc.
Encore’s origins date to 1977. It was owned by the Rathbun family since that time. IPL also was a
family business for many years, under the leadership of the Metivier lineage until 2010.
Encore injection molds and thermoforms containers, paint trays, mixing containers and industrial
pails for a variety of markets. Encore’s production locations are in Cambridge, Ohio; Forsyth, Ga.;
and Remer, Minn.
IPL is headquartered in St. Damien, Quebec with two divisions’ retail packaging, bulk and
environmental manufacturing’s operations, S. Damien, Edmundston, New Brunswick, and Lee’s Summit,
Mo. It molds a wide variety of products for Retail packaging, materials handling and environmental
markets. IPL’s products include wheeled waste and recycling carts.
VP of Operations, IPL 418-564-2026
Janice Hall City of Forsyth 478-214-0211
Development Authority of Monroe County
Georgia Department of Economic Development