History

Our Corporate Background


Layfield The Beginning

Layfield Plastics began in Edmonton, Alberta, during the mid 1950s. Owned and operated by Eric Layfield, the company existed for over 20 years as a small, single-location plastics fabrication business, producing acrylic displays, interior signage, name tags, and custom molded products for the automotive industry.

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In 1978, Eric Layfield retired and sold his company to the Rose family. Tom Rose, who continues to this day as the company's president and CEO, saw Layfield as the perfect platform on which to build a much larger plastics processing company. With Tom at the helm, Layfield's next thirty-plus years were a story of rapid expansion, diversification, and strategic acquisitions.

Strategic Acquisitions

1981    Taylor Plastics

1983    Calgary Plastics provided manufacturing capabilities for poly film products.

1997    Geogard Linings Toronto: allowed Layfield to serve Central and Eastern Canada with geosynthetic and industrial products.

2004    C.W. Neal enabled Layfield to establish operations in California; helped build global presence in geosynthetic floating cover systems and geomembrane containment products.

2008    Vision Packaging — acquired to expand Layfield's packaging operations.

2008    Aqua Dam and Diversion — Layfield had been making the Aqua Dam product for nearly 20 years before taking over operations of the company.

Expansion History

In 1985, having already presided over two acquisitions and considerable growth, Tom Rose moved to Vancouver, BC, to establish a branch operation. Three years later, Layfield's Head Office was relocated to Vancouver, and in 1989, Vancouver operations relocated to a newly constructed plant, where the Poly Films division and Corporate Office are currently located.

In 1992, Layfield began its expansion into the United States, establishing a branch operation in Seattle, Washington. Two years later, a manufacturing operation was established in Bellingham, Washington. (In 2000, however, the Bellingham plant was closed, and US operations were consolidated in Seattle.)

Also in 1992, the company's Canadian presence restructured into three business units: Fabricated Plastics, Industrial and Geotechnical Fabrics, and Polyethylene Film Products. This prefigured Layfield's current structure: Packaging, Construction, and Environmental Systems. In late 1999 the Fabricated Plastics division, no longer seen as a good fit, was sold.

In December 2000, a newly constructed Edmonton plant was commissioned, where Layfield Geosynthetics and Industrial Fabrics Ltd. and Layfield Environmental Systems Ltd. are headquartered today.
Four years later, Layfield expanded the Richmond film plant and installed a state-of-the-art three layer wide width co-extrusion line to produce packaging and construction films, and to expand its line of geomembrane products.

In 2007, after 10 years of strong growth in central Canada, the Toronto office added fabrication services, completing its expansion into a full-service geosynthetics company with sales, distribution, fabrication, and construction divisions.

2008 was a busy year with the strategic acquisitions of Vision Packaging based out of Vancouver, BC and Aqua Dam Stream & Diversions in Canada.

A major new wide width geomembrane co-extrusion line (Line 9) was added in Richmond, BC late in 2012. This new line added important new geomembrane roll size capabilities and required future capacity.  

In 2013, Layfield opened a new 120,000 ft/2, 12 acre fabrication plant in Edmonton, Alberta to add capacity to fabricate and service geomembrane products consumed by the natural gas industry, including the oil and gas industry in Western Canada.

Also in 2013, Layfield expanded its Richmond, British Columbia plant and added a wide width specialized geomembrane extrusion line to produce its proprietary Enviro Liner brand.

A new state of the art, robotic Roll to Roll geosynthetic conversion line was added into the Edmonton, Alberta plant in the summer of 2014.

In 2015, Layfield invested heavily in the Flexible Packaging business unit, installing a state-of-the-art Roto-Gravure press and an additional Blown Film Co-Ex Extrusion Line at the Richmond, British Columbia facility.
As the Flexible Packaging business continued to grow, we relocated the team into a newly built 47,350 ft2 facility in Richmond in April 2016.

Our Seattle operations moved to a slightly larger facility in 2017.

2018 saw further capital investment put into Box pouch/Standup pouch machines for our Richmond North location. In

2019 we installed a new laminator and a large format pet food bag machine.

We moved our San Diego facility in 2019 to a larger building to facilitate new manufacturing capabilities and much needed storage for both Geosynthetic products and Flexible Films products.

The Edmonton facility installed a GeoNet line in 2020 to expand our product base.

The Company Today

Today, Layfield operates as a vertically integrated business with manufacturing, fabrication, construction and distribution facilities strategically located across North America. The company is active in multiple sectors including Energy, Mining, Water, Agriculture, Food, Medical, Construction and Industrial. We do business throughout North America with a growing international business in South America and Asia.

By investing in our people, innovation & technology, and by focusing on robust and emerging markets, Layfield has grown from a one-store plastics company in Alberta, into a growing, vertically integrated, international corporation.

The Layfield Group consists of the Canadian parent, Layfield Group Limited and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Layfield Canada Ltd. and Layfield USA Corporation.