10 Things You Didn't Know About Associated

Oct. 30, 2019
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Now that we've launched "Associated With Your Brand", you'll be seeing a lot more of us. We plan on sharing staff stories and behind-the-scenes content in the months to come, so why not get to know the basics first?

Here are ten things you might not know about us: original associated printers sign

1. We're Almost 40

Rusty Ashworth opened the doors to Associated Labels & Packaging on July 1st, 1980 - almost 40 years ago! In this time, we've grown to a highly experienced team of creative and business professionals, some of whom have been with us for over half of our journey so far!

2. We're Multi-Generational

Rusty's son, Shaun, is currently our President! After taking over in 2012, Shaun has brought the company into a new era with his charismatic leadership style. 

3. We Like to Stay Local

We're based in Canada and understand the importance of where our material comes from. Apart from a few items sourced from Europe, everything we use and produce is made in North America. 

4. We're Big on Sustainability

Between our partnership with 1% for the Planet, our FSC-COC certification, and much more, we're always working to make our business practices more sustainable. Keep up-to-date with our blog posts to follow our progress!

5. We Don't Outsource

With our vast capabilities, we do not outsource. Everything a customer needs can be done internally, and we pride ourselves on being able to handle the production process from start to finish.

6. We're Innovative 

We're always working to improve our products and services, and one example of this is with our lidding film. In 2018, we engineered a ground-breaking concept: a lidding film that could attach to all types of containers that would not only seal but peel and reseal after opening. Only months later, we created the industry's first lidding film with compostable components to be attached to a fibre tray.

7. We're Family

At Associated, we're family-focused. We're proud of the fact that 13% of our workforce has been with us for over 15 years!

8. We're Food-Safeassociated community hockey

In 2018, we became IFS PACsecure-certified after two and a half years of bi-monthly meetings, hours of research and documentation, and several changes to our infrastructure. We received a score of 93% in our first year, which increased to 95% this year. 

9. We're Part of Our Community 

It's important to give back to our community. Between our partnerships with One Girl Can, our local sports sponsorships with Coquitlam Express, Coquitlam Adanacs, and Lacrosse All Stars, and our annual food drives to SHARE Family & Community Services, we try to get involved where we can. 

10. We're Still Growing

As of early 2019, we hit 100,00 square feet after acquiring our fourth building to house some of our new equipment. Almost 40 years after opening, our team, machinery, and capabilities are still growing fast and we wouldn't want it any other way!