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Panther has officially received our RDC certificate! - meaning they meet and exceed all regulatory requirements and follow company policy. Audited by SAI Global. ... See MoreSee Less

Panther has officially received our RDC certificate! - meaning they meet and exceed all regulatory requirements and follow company policy. Audited by SAI Global.

Ag Plastic Recycling Program

Hundreds of thousands of pounds of harmful plastics were kept out of Saskatchewan landfills the thanks to a brief yet effective partnership between Panther Industries and Simply Ag Solutions.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture in 2011 tapped Simply Ag Solutions to start the Ag Plastic Recycling Program, a pilot venture aimed at the collection and subsequent recycling of grain bags.

The program wrapped up in December 2017 and saw more than 9.3 million pounds of plastic recycled over the past six years. Panther Industries played an important role in that feat.
Ideally located, the Davidson-based business felt it could fill a need of the program by becoming another drop-off site for the grain bags. In December 2016 Panther Industries joined the cause.

“There definitely was a need in that area… and there probably was a backlog of plastic in that area as well,” said Travis Quirk, executive director at Simply Ag. “Producers were waiting for a site to come a little closer and then it all came in. Panther handled it all and we were shipping steadily from them this past year.”

From the time Panther Industries came aboard through to the end of March 2017, more than 29,000 kilograms of plastic grain bags were shipped from Panther to recycling depots. Since April 2017, Panther accumulated more than 150,000 kg of plastics. This ranked the Davidson drop-off location as the second-highest volume among all collection sites in the province.
“They had very good uptake very quickly,” Quirk noted. “A lot of that was on Panther’s end with having such a good reputation. They were definitely one of the fastest collection sites that we’ve had in the program.
“It has been a great partnership. They have a great facility, it’s very well run and the guys who work there know about the program and they are able to direct the farmers on where to drop off, that sort of thing.”

How the program worked
Farmers would drop off their plastics grain bags at the sites and from there it was picked up and delivered to recycling depots.
“Grain bags were being used more and more, but there really wasn’t a good way to dispose of them,” Quirk said.
Landfills were reluctant to take them because they were so big and bulky and they don’t break down. The only other option was to burn the bags, which is an environmental concern for land and soil and human health.Unfortunately, this was common practice.

The pilot program started fairly slow with only a couple of truckloads of plastic a year before farmers warmed to the idea. In 2017, close to 3.2 million pounds of plastics were delivered to recyclers around the world.

“Every year this program has continued to grow and expand,” Quirk said. “Initially, this was only supposed to be two years, but here we are wrapping it up at the end of 2017. We continued to find ways to expand it and offer more expertise and services to sites across the province.”

Plan moving forward?
The program wrapped in December 2017 and new regulations came into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.
The pilot program was originally funded through the Ministry of Agriculture. It has been replaced by the Agricultural Packaging Product Waste Stewardship Regulations
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Ag Plastic Recycling Program

Hundreds of thousands of pounds of harmful plastics were kept out of Saskatchewan landfills the thanks to a brief yet effective partnership between Panther Industries and Simply Ag Solutions.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture in 2011 tapped Simply Ag Solutions to start the Ag Plastic Recycling Program, a pilot venture aimed at the collection and subsequent recycling of grain bags.

The program wrapped up in December 2017 and saw more than 9.3 million pounds of plastic recycled over the past six years. Panther Industries played an important role in that feat.
Ideally located, the Davidson-based business felt it could fill a need of the program by becoming another drop-off site for the grain bags. In December 2016 Panther Industries joined the cause.

“There definitely was a need in that area… and there probably was a backlog of plastic in that area as well,” said Travis Quirk, executive director at Simply Ag. “Producers were waiting for a site to come a little closer and then it all came in. Panther handled it all and we were shipping steadily from them this past year.”

From the time Panther Industries came aboard through to the end of March 2017, more than 29,000 kilograms of plastic grain bags were shipped from Panther to recycling depots. Since April 2017, Panther accumulated more than 150,000 kg of plastics. This ranked the Davidson drop-off location as the second-highest volume among all collection sites in the province.
“They had very good uptake very quickly,” Quirk noted. “A lot of that was on Panther’s end with having such a good reputation. They were definitely one of the fastest collection sites that we’ve had in the program.
“It has been a great partnership. They have a great facility, it’s very well run and the guys who work there know about the program and they are able to direct the farmers on where to drop off, that sort of thing.”

How the program worked
Farmers would drop off their plastics grain bags at the sites and from there it was picked up and delivered to recycling depots. 
“Grain bags were being used more and more, but there really wasn’t a good way to dispose of them,” Quirk said. 
Landfills were reluctant to take them because they were so big and bulky and they don’t break down. The only other option was to burn the bags, which is an environmental concern for land and soil and human health.Unfortunately, this was common practice.

The pilot program started fairly slow with only a couple of truckloads of plastic a year before farmers warmed to the idea. In 2017, close to 3.2 million pounds of plastics were delivered to recyclers around the world.

“Every year this program has continued to grow and expand,” Quirk said. “Initially, this was only supposed to be two years, but here we are wrapping it up at the end of 2017. We continued to find ways to expand it and offer more expertise and services to sites across the province.”

Plan moving forward?
The program wrapped in December 2017 and new regulations came into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.
The pilot program was originally funded through the Ministry of Agriculture. It has been replaced by the Agricultural Packaging Product Waste Stewardship Regulations

The loyalty shown by staff at Panther Industries to its customers was a feature that never escaped Scott Gelowitz’s memory.

Long before he was hired by the company, Scott developed business relationships with several employees at Panther and experienced their first-rate customer service.

--This is the third part of a three-part story. Check our previous posts for the rest of the story. --

With several years of sales experience – Scott is the new sales representative for Panther Industries – Scott’s previous employment saw him in a variety of roles, all of which allowed him to create contacts with Panther in different departments. Whether it was through phone calls or in-person meetings, Scott always felt like a valued customer.

Those meetings were not lost on Scott. And so when it came time for him to look for a different role with a new company, Scott remembered how Panther Industries treated people.
“It’s not always about a profit,” he said of Panther’s approach to customer service. “It’s more about a mutually beneficial deal that works for both parties. They stick to their word and treat everyone with respect. That hasn’t changed at all.”
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The loyalty shown by staff at Panther Industries to its customers was a feature that never escaped Scott Gelowitz’s memory.

Long before he was hired by the company, Scott developed business relationships with several employees at Panther and experienced their first-rate customer service.

--This is the third part of a three-part story. Check our previous posts for the rest of the story. --

With several years of sales experience – Scott is the new sales representative for Panther Industries – Scott’s previous employment saw him in a variety of roles, all of which allowed him to create contacts with Panther in different departments. Whether it was through phone calls or in-person meetings, Scott always felt like a valued customer. 

Those meetings were not lost on Scott. And so when it came time for him to look for a different role with a new company, Scott remembered how Panther Industries treated people.
“It’s not always about a profit,” he said of Panther’s approach to customer service. “It’s more about a mutually beneficial deal that works for both parties. They stick to their word and treat everyone with respect. That hasn’t changed at all.”

They say first impressions are lasting. Panther Industries Inc., definitely left its mark on Scott Gelowitz.

Scott and his wife own a chemical company that features a toilet bowl cleaning product. Through that line of work, Scott developed business relationships with several staff at Panther, relationships that maintained for years.

--This is the second part of a three-part story. Watch for future posts for the rest of the story. --

Scott said he was fortunate to maintain his connections with Panther because once his children grew older, he figured it was time to apply his knowledge and experience at a new job.
Panther Industries was at the top of list as future employers. Scott jumped at the chance to work a company in which he has the utmost respect.

“They’ll do what they can to help you out in any way,” he recalled. “It’s not always about a profit. It’s more about a mutually beneficial deal that works for both parties. They stick to their word and treat everyone with respect. That hasn’t changed at all.”
... See MoreSee Less

They say first impressions are lasting. Panther Industries Inc., definitely left its mark on Scott Gelowitz.

Scott and his wife own a chemical company that features a toilet bowl cleaning product. Through that line of work, Scott developed business relationships with several staff at Panther, relationships that maintained for years.

--This is the second part of a three-part story. Watch for future posts for the rest of the story. --

Scott said he was fortunate to maintain his connections with Panther because once his children grew older, he figured it was time to apply his knowledge and experience at a new job.
Panther Industries was at the top of list as future employers. Scott jumped at the chance to work a company in which he has the utmost respect.

“They’ll do what they can to help you out in any way,” he recalled. “It’s not always about a profit. It’s more about a mutually beneficial deal that works for both parties. They stick to their word and treat everyone with respect. That hasn’t changed at all.”

Scott Gelowitz knew Panther Industries, Inc., would be a great place to work 10 years before he was hired by the company.

An extensive background in sales and a definite knowledge of the chemical industry allowed Scott to develop longstanding relationships with Panther Industries employees, ties that remained true for close to a decade.

--This is the first part of a three-part story. Watch for future posts for the rest of the story. --

Scott was hired in early September to serve as a sales representative with Panther. More specifically, he deals in chemicals, pallets, transloading and custom packaging – all of which are Panther’s specialties.

“After meeting with Clayton and Kevin, I knew right away they were great guys, down-to-earth business guys, and I felt it would be a great fit for me and a good place to work,” Scott said. “I was excited for this opportunity with a great company.”

Scott’s previous employment saw him in a variety of roles, all of which allowed him to create contacts with Panther in different departments. Whether it was through phone calls or in-person meetings, Scott always felt like a valued customer.

“I got to see a lot of companies in a lot of different facets of my job,” he said. “I always remembered how well Panther treated me when I called and talked to them.

You could talk to the CEO or someone in customer service or someone who worked in the back room and they all treated you the same way. It was quite refreshing.”
... See MoreSee Less

Scott Gelowitz knew Panther Industries, Inc., would be a great place to work 10 years before he was hired by the company.

An extensive background in sales and a definite knowledge of the chemical industry allowed Scott to develop longstanding relationships with Panther Industries employees, ties that remained true for close to a decade.

--This is the first part of a three-part story. Watch for future posts for the rest of the story. --

Scott was hired in early September to serve as a sales representative with Panther. More specifically, he deals in chemicals, pallets, transloading and custom packaging – all of which are Panther’s specialties. 

“After meeting with Clayton and Kevin, I knew right away they were great guys, down-to-earth business guys, and I felt it would be a great fit for me and a good place to work,” Scott said. “I was excited for this opportunity with a great company.”

Scott’s previous employment saw him in a variety of roles, all of which allowed him to create contacts with Panther in different departments. Whether it was through phone calls or in-person meetings, Scott always felt like a valued customer.

“I got to see a lot of companies in a lot of different facets of my job,” he said. “I always remembered how well Panther treated me when I called and talked to them. 

You could talk to the CEO or someone in customer service or someone who worked in the back room and they all treated you the same way. It was quite refreshing.”