Amherst-based companies make prestigious list

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PolyCello, IMP make list of Nova Scotia's top employers

PolyCello and IMP, who together employ more than 600 in Amherst, have been named to the list of Nova Scotia's Top Employers of 2014.

PolyCello's president and CEO Stephen Emmerson (left) speaks to former Cumberland North MLA Brian Skabar during a press conference at the Amherst manufacturer earlier this year. The company was named one of Nova Scotia's top employers earlier this week.

AMHERST – A pair of Amherst manufacturers have been named to the list of Nova Scotia’s top employers of 2014.

PolyCello and IMP Group, which is headquartered in Halifax, were among 14 companies selected by the editors of Mediacorp from the list of appliants to the national Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition.

Established in 1956, PolyCello is a provider of packaging services for brands in the frozen food, pet food, tissue, lawn and garden and food service industries.

PolyCello has manufacturing facilities in Amherst and Belleville, Ont. The company expanded earlier this year with the completion of a $10-million capital expansion that included a new 10-colour press.

The expansion was financed with a $7.1-million repayable loan from the province.

PolyCello’s Amherst operation employs approximately 300.

Among its positives is the company lets everyone share in its success through a profit-sharing plan, it supports ongoing employee education with tuition subsidies for job-related courses and provides subsidies for professional accreditation.

PolyCello also invests in the education of the next generation and manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue post-secondary education, to a maximum of $2,500 a child.

The company also encourages all employees to save for the future with contributions to a defined benefit or defined contribution pension plan, depending on the employee group.

IMP, which has a manufacturing facility in the Amherst and Area Industrial Park, encourages employees to save for their retirement, supports work-life balance through a variety of alternative work arrangements including flexible hours, telecommuting, shortened work weeks and reduced summer hours.

The company helps employees develop their professional skills through formal mentoring, invests in the education of future generations and manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue post-secondary education, to a maximum of $1,500 a child.

IMP also has a company-subsidized social committee that organizes events throughout the year and hosts an annual gala annually to recognize outstanding employee contributions.

Organizations: PolyCello and IMP Group

Geographic location: AMHERST, Nova Scotia, Halifax Canada Belleville Area Industrial Park

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