New Shepherd OMG Thermoforming Line

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Our latest production line has arrived from Italy.  Training is under way this week with the production and engineering teams.

The machines capabilities will improve efficiency and lead times with the help of Shepherd’s experienced staff.  Some interesting photo’s of unloading machine from the container.

Thermoforming 101 Seminar (Thursday, October 29th, 2015)

Posted by | Filed under Announcements, Community | Sep 17, 2015 | Tags: | Comments Off on Thermoforming 101 Seminar (Thursday, October 29th, 2015)

Sign Up For Our Thermoforming Seminar

Our next free “Thermoforming 101” seminar date is fast approaching ! We will be meeting on Thursday October 29th at the Hampton Inn in Brampton, Ontario for the morning, followed by a Plant Tour at our facility in the afternoon (Shepherd is located across the street from the hotel, see map at the bottom of the page). 
Please RSVP or if you have any questions.  Feel free to contact Simon Mangos at 905-459-4545 ext 233 or Brenda Silveira at 905-459-4545 ext 225.  Click here if you want to sign up online.


We are looking forward to seeing you at this complimentary, no obligations event on October 29th.Shepherd Seminar 2013 (4 of 10) (1)
10:00 a.m.
Light refreshments and introductions
10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Presentations by Simon Mangos.·What are the different methods used in the plastics industry and Materials for Thermoforming.
·“What exactly is Thermoforming” a 6 minute DVD overview of Shepherd Thermoforming’s facility and processes.

Types of forming


·The Processes used in the Industry
A visual presentation and detailed account of the various forming and trimming machines used today along with typical post packaging applications.



·Part Design and Prototyping
A look at part or package design features such as living hinges, snap features and positive vs negative forming.  Also we will review using CAD, prototype tooling and sample making.



·Production Tooling
A review of tooling options that can be used and how moulds and trim dies are made.



·Materials for Thermoforming

An over-view of the types of material used in Thermoforming, with a focus on sustainable material options and food packaging materials.


·Post Thermoforming
Operations like heat sealing, Heat welding, Direct print and other tamper-proofing methods.

12:00 p.m.- 12:45 p.m.
Light Lunch
1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.mShepherd Building Picture
Tour of Shepherd’s Plant
·A guided tour of all the Engineering and Manufacturing operations performed at Shepherd’s 5 Abacus Rd. building.
Hotel information:
Hampton Inn
by Hilton Toronto/Brampton, Ontario
8710 The Gore Road, Brampton, Ontario, L6P 0B1 TEL: 1-905-488-4888
Both facilities are just 15 minutes from Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Shepherd Adds New Production Line

Posted by | Filed under Announcements, Manufacturing | Jun 25, 2015 | Comments Off on Shepherd Adds New Production Line


Actual Shepherd machine in final assembly

Improving North American economy and Shepherd’s move into the food market with SQF certification have prompted the company to purchase a new thermoforming line from the Italian machine manufacturer OMG. The high efficiency line will add the much needed production capacity made necessary by the increase in food packaging business that the company is currently experiencing.

The machine is expected to ship to Canada and be running food trays by late this summer. It will also open up machine time on other lines which will improve delivery to our repeat customers.


20 Years at Shepherd

Posted by | Filed under Announcements, Community | Jun 19, 2015 | Tags: | Comments Off on 20 Years at Shepherd

Shepherd Thermoforming can attribute a big part of its success to the many long term employees who form the team that keeps everything running smoothly. The company was founded 30 years ago by the Shepherd family who continue to be involved in the business. Three people have 20 years of service, several are within 3 years of that milestone and a number employees have at least 10 years with the company.

Nathan, Kumar and Rupan have been with Shepherd for over 20 years

The following people have been with our company over 15 years:

The following people have been with our company over 10 years:











Fibreform® – PowerForming by Shepherd

Posted by | Filed under Announcements, Design, Manufacturing | Jun 4, 2015 | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Fibreform® – PowerForming by Shepherd

At Shepherd we are once again stretching the limits of the thermoforming process by adding coated paper to the list of materials we are capable of converting into packaging products.

Company Blog May 2015 (12 of 30)


Fibreform® is a paper product produced by BillerudKorsnäs of Sweden with a heat seal coating that can be heated and thermoformed on conventional in-line thermoforming machines. Preprinting and heat sealing to thermoformed trays provides an extremely attractive and functional package.




The 100% virgin material is ideal for the most stringent food packaging requirements. Draw ratios are limited but applications include lidding for food and confection trays. Contact Shepherd to have a sales representative show you a sample of preprinted, powerformed Fibreform by Shepherd.


To learn more about Shepherd’s creative packaging ideas go to:


Shepherd Exhibits at Dairy, Deli and Bake Show, June 7-9

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Packaging Show BoothShepherd Thermoforming and Packaging will be exhibiting at the International Dairy, Deli and Bake Show in Atlanta for the first time this year. With SQF (Safe Quality Food) certification to be awarded in the next few weeks we will be anxious to show visitors our custom design and production capabilities.


Show locationLook for us in hall B4, isle 4300, booth 4365 in the Georgia World Congress Center. The link below will give you the full show details.




Food Trays from Shepherd

Posted by | Filed under Announcements, Community, Manufacturing | May 29, 2015 | Comments Off on Food Trays from Shepherd

The ramp up is beginning at Shepherd. With SQF (Safe Quality Food) certification within weeks of full approval, Shepherd Thermoforming is gearing up for our move into the food market. Our mushroom trays are now showing up in supermarkets in Canada and the US. A number of tools are built and running various sizes to meet customer needs for automation and service.

Food Tray SQF Photo (1)

Our food customers who require the SQF seal of safety can have the packaging designed to satisfy their filling and marketing requirements all by our experienced engineering and production staff.

To download the schedule for SQF certification please click here.

IDDBA Show June 7-9th

Posted by | Filed under Announcements, Community | May 14, 2015 | Tags: , | Comments Off on IDDBA Show June 7-9th
Click for show info.

Click for show info.

We are pleased to announce that Shepherd Thermoforming and Packaging Inc. will be exhibiting at the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar & Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia June 7-9, 2015.  It  is the largest show in the world serving these food markets.

With Shepherd on track for obtaining SQF2 certification, the show will be our first exhibit targeting packaging for direct food contact.

For more information about the show click here, we will be at booth #4365.

Humber Students Tour Shepherd

Posted by | Filed under Announcements, Community | May 8, 2015 | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Humber Students Tour Shepherd

For 9 years Shepherd Thermoforming and Packaging has hosted Humber College students with a seminar and a tour of the Shepherd facility. Humber’s Package Design course includes a segment on Thermoforming and each year its instructor Bert Bobrovniczky has arranged this event at Shepherd which was attended by 15 students this year.

Humber Students 2014 (12 of 8)The students have the use of a small table top vacuum former donated to the school by Shepherd, allowing them to produce thermoformed samples. The students have to design a package and hand build a wood mould which they use to form parts on the machine. They then finish the package with graphic inserts and printed boxes. With what they have to work with they form some excellent parts and show surprising creativity.


The students get first hand exposure to the complete process of design, tool making and production while visiting Shepherd. They also learn about sustainability and environmental issues pertaining to his or her part. Hats off to Mr. Bobrovincsky for arranging the visit every year and good luck to the students in their careers!


Direct Contact Food Packaging

Posted by | Filed under Announcements, Community, Manufacturing | Apr 27, 2015 | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Direct Contact Food Packaging

The Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification is almost complete. It has been a long process but audits are scheduled for June which will result in Shepherd being one of a small number of Canadian packaging manufacturers recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

Existing production lines have been relocated to make room for the new high speed machine. Floors have been epoxied and new walls are in place.

Shepherd will be the only custom thermoformer in Canada with SQF which provides customers with the security of knowing their plastic packaging follows the highest standards for use in direct contact with food.

Please refer to our website page below for a representative near you.

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