Named by the Springhill Chamber of Commerce as Business Person of Year, the Paint Recycling Company's Pierre Landry gracefully bowed in the spotlight and accepted the honour on behalf of both his company and his 12 employees, who have become world leaders in environmentally sustainable solutions.
Chamber paints Landry with top honour
SPRINGHILL: Named by the Springhill Chamber of Commerce as Business Person of Year, the Paint Recycling Company's Pierre Landry gracefully bowed in the spotlight and accepted the honour on behalf of both his company and his 12 employees, who have become world leaders in environmentally sustainable solutions.
Working with a dream in the garages of friends in Dieppe, N.B., Landry and friends dabbled in the world of recycling paint during a time when the only solution for those old paint encrusted cans was to bury or burn them. Refining the process, it soon came time to step things up from a dream into a venture. After hashing out Moncton and Halifax markets, Landry dropped into Springhill based on a tip from a friend the small town might capture both the market and spirit Landry was trying to capture with his one-of-a-kind business.
Impressed with the small town's hospitality, Landry knew he found a home for The Paint Recycling Company.
"Why Springhill? The real estate is affordable and the people are friendly. You do have a lot of potential," Landry said.
Under the Boomerang brand name, paint recycled here in Springhill and across Canada by Laurentide is given new life. It was the success of Landry's Springhill plant when Laurentide took notice and brought the Paint Recycling Company into its fold, making Landry general manager for Laurentide's Atlantic region and becoming part of an international movement to create solutions.
"It's hard to realize a small town like Springhill can make a difference," Landry said.
"In Springhill alone we have recycled 1.5 million litres of paint all of which could have burned and buried and have no value to anyone."
Using the experienced Landry and his teamed gained in the field of recycling paint The Paint Recycling Company has committed itself to creating a sustainable environment and Boomerang is now available cross-Canada. Landry himself advocates environmental concerns are not technical but social in nature and by changing the way we think we can change our footprint on the environment.
"Naming the Business of the Year award to a small company with twelve employees who a contributing to the solution, not the problem, shows the potential Springhill has."