Canadian Manufacturing

New Brunswick paper bag manufacturer scaling up with help from feds, province

Émile Sénéchal et Fils is best known for its hardy potato bags



GRAND FALL, N.B.—A paper bag manufacturing company on the western edge of New Brunswick is adding capacity with the help of the federal and provincial governments.

Using $324,630 from the province’s economic development fund, as well as a $500,000 repayable contribution from Ottawa’s Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Émile Sénéchal et Fils plans to buy new bag manufacturing equipment, allowing it to boost its production and exports while increasing its efficiency.

“It’s impossible to remain in place. We have to continue to innovate and reinvent ourselves,” said Yves Sénéchal, who serves as president of the 66-year-old company.

Best known for its hardy potato bags, Émile Sénéchal et Fils also makes paper bags for compost, charcoal and a range of other agricultural and industrial purposes.

“The addition of this new equipment will help our dynamic team of employees not only strengthen, but also expand our existing markets,” Sénéchal added.

The family-run business employs 45 in the small New Brunswick town.

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