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.
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.
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.
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 better service its North American oil & gas business, the company also opened Business Development and Distribution hubs in Texas, North Dakota, and West Virginia.
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.
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.