About JemPak’s Chemical Division
A Henkel AG KGaA owned company, JemPak is an R&D centric, North American chemical company providing high quality products and services to the Household, Industrial, Institutional, Health & Beauty and General Chemical markets.
The Consumers division caters primarily to private label single dose pods and packaged liquid detergents and cleaners.
JemPak’s Chemical Division’s core technologies revolve around Sulfonation and Sulfation processes utilizing one of the largest continuous Sulfation reactors in North America. Headquartered in Concord, JemPak has plants in both Concord and Oakville Ontario.
History of Jempak
Witco sells its Canadian chemical business and assets
Witco sells its Canadian chemical business and assets to a private investor and was renamed JemPak Canada Inc. The newly formed company’s main plant was located in Oakville and produced a range of sulfates, ether sulfates, sulfonates and LAS by both batch and continuous processing units. These were utilized for in house production of household and industrial cleaners and detergents for the Consumer Products Division and also sold to the merchant market through the Chemical Division, JemPak also gained Witco plants in Brantford and Montreal manufacturing powdered laundry detergents which provided powder for the consumer products division and were also sold to industrial and institutional customers by the Chemical division
The Montreal plant closed
The Montreal plant closed due to the consumers change in preference for liquid laundry products vs powdered detergent.
Abe Greenburg the JemPak GK Inc. co-owner and CEO retired
Abe Greenburg the JemPak GK Inc. co-owner and CEO retired, his shares being bought by co-owner Steve Miller and other investors. Shortly thereafter, JemPak GK Chemicals Division went to all continuous sulfation and sulfonation in order to remain competitive in the now single North American market. This resulted in some small volume specialty surfactants being discontinued.
Majority shares of JemPak GK Inc. acquired by Tactical Minds
Majority shares of JemPak GK Inc. were acquired by Tactical Minds a private equity group who set about restructuring the company investing in improvements to the Oakville facility, equipment and infrastructure.
New high speed equipment for the Consumer Division
New high speed equipment for the Consumer Division to produce single dose auto dish pods was purchased for the Concord facility, and this was later complemented in 2016 by similar equipment to produce liquid laundry pods at the Oakville plant.
The Brantford powder plant closed
The Brantford powder plant closed due to the consumers change in preference for liquid laundry products vs powdered detergent.
The Oakville Chemathon continuous reactor
The Oakville Chemathon continuous reactor was almost totally rebuilt and refurbished over an 18 month period.
JANUARY: JemPak GK Inc. acquired by Acasta Group a capital investment Company.
JemPak GK Inc. was acquired along with 2 other entities by Acasta Group a capital investment Company. Under Acasta, JemPak GK operates as an independent unit and has seen substantial growth in both volume and dollar sales for both the Consumer and Chemical Divisions.
Opening of the new R&D lab at the Oakville plant.
Opening of the new R&D and Microbiology labs at the Oakville plant. These new labs and equipment expand their already renowned capabilities and opening doors for future activities.
New Microbiology Lab opened within the JemPak Oakville facility.
Microbiology development and testing lab opens onsite at JemPak’s Oakville plant.