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Pelican Invests $1.5M to Increase Performance and Capacity

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Pelican InternationalLaval, QC

LAVAL, QUEBEC. March 11, 2014. Pelican International has been a world leader in the design and manufacture of kayaks, canoes, pedal boats and fishing boats for over 45 years. Today, the company continues to grow and is pleased to announce a major investment in its manufacturing facility in Laval, Quebec, that will significantly increase its performance and capacity.

Over the past decade, Pelican has responded to increasing demand for its products by continuously expanding its award-winning product lines and refining its manufacturing processes. Pelican was one of the first boat manufacturers in the world to use thermoforming technology, which produces lighter, stronger, more rigid products than those manufactured using other methods. Today, few competitors can match the quality, price, selection or service that Pelican offers.

In line with Pelican’s commitment to ongoing technological innovation and continuous improvement, the company’s most recent investment involved the addition of new equipment that harnesses the latest technological innovations in the field of Twin Sheet Thermoforming. Installation of the new equipment was completed in January 2014, increasing the plant’s annual production capacity by 35,000 units. The state-of-the-art control system and electronic regulator also improve energy efficiency and allow more efficient use of raw materials, while ensuring that every item produced meets Pelican’s rigorous quality standards.

Antoine Elie, C.E.O. and co-owner of Pelican International, explained, “The demand for Pelican products has increased dramatically as people have discovered the unmatched value that they offer. The acquisition of this machine will allow us to accelerate production, increase capacity, improve efficiency and provide the quality of service that our retailers deserve.”

In addition to improving the company’s performance and increasing its production capacity, Pelican’s recent acquisition has also benefitted the region of Laval, Quebec, where the company’s plant is located, by generating twenty additional local jobs.

Pelican is especially proud that as the company continues to thrive, investments such as this not only ensure that Pelican remains at the forefront of boat design and innovation, but also help limit its carbon footprint by maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing waste at every stage of its production process.

Innovation, performance and eco-consciousness – values that go into every boat Pelican puts on the water!


About Pelican International

Pelican International, the number one manufacturer of plastic boats in the world, is proud of its 45-year commitment to promoting the enjoyment of the great outdoors and making water sports fun and accessible for outdoor enthusiasts of every age, skill level and budget.

The company is equally committed to protecting the environment and minimizing its ecological footprint. Its plant, located in Laval, Quebec, recycles 99.5% of the excess material produced in its manufacturing processes and is equipped with specially designed ducts that redirect heated air from their moulding ovens to heat the facility in the winter. Pelican also cares deeply about its customers and advises all boaters, regardless of skill level, to wear a coast guard-approved personal flotation device at all times when on or near the water.