Shepherd is Seeking Sales Agents

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Shepherd is actively seeking aggressive sales agents for representation, primarily in the USA. Agent agreements include a robust commission structure and aggressive marketing campaigns for lead generation. Agents supported with internal Customer Service Reps and fully equipped Engineering department. Please contact Todd Shepherd (905) 459-4545 at extension 222 or

Spotlight on Simon Mangos

Posted by | Filed under Announcements, Community | Feb 13, 2014 | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Spotlight on Simon Mangos

Simon ice shotShepherd Thermoforming Technical Sales

Many of our customers have met Simon Mangos.  He has come a long way in the last 2 years and has become Shepherd’s highest performing sales representative.  He exemplifies the technical sales approach to growing our business.

Unless he is prodded into it, Simon won’t talk about his career in hockey. In life  before Shepherd he spent 12 very successful years playing US college and professional hockey here and in the UK. You can go to this  (link)  for his career stats but here are the highlights:

– League title with Brampton Capitals and All Star MVP
– League title at Ferris University and made the all conference team
– All Star while in Manchester, England (yes they have a pro league there)
– League title in Shreveport his last year and finalist for defenceman of the year
– 3 items in the Hockey Hall of Fame

If you were one of the 25 people who attended the latest Shepherd Thermoforming Seminar you witnessed Simon’s thermoforming knowledge in his 90 minute presentation. His ambition and drive was evident in 2005 when he was first hired for the summer in our Engineering department. He realized at that time that hockey was not a life-long career for him and had completed courses at Humber College in CAD. Five years later he contacted us and the rest as they say, is history.

Simon is an All Star with Shepherd Thermoforming now. Give him a call and he will talk hockey with you for hours. And yes he has played with guys that we now see in the NHL like Chris Kunitz playing for the Canadian Olympic team.  905-459-4545 ext. 233 or

Shepherd Passes ISO Audit

Posted by | Filed under Announcements, Community | Jan 2, 2014 | Tags: | Comments Off on Shepherd Passes ISO Audit

Shepherd Thermoforming and Packaging has been ISO certified for over 15 years.  We take our certification very seriously. Recently, Shepherd passed the renewal audit for ISO 2001:2008.  Intertek Testing Services is the registrar and can validate our certificate by visiting Shepherd’s certificate number: 4543-3.

2013 ISO Certification

2013 ISO Certification

This certification renewal is thru to September 2016.

Thermoforming Seminar 2013

Posted by | Filed under Announcements, Community | Dec 19, 2013 | Tags: , | Comments Off on Thermoforming Seminar 2013
2013 in class session

2013 in class session

Shepherd Thermoforming has hosted a seminar and plant tour every year for 6 years.  A record number of people took advantage of this year’s event led by Technical Sales Rep, Simon Mangos at the new hotel venue across the road from the plant.

2013 Seminar Plant Tours

2013 Seminar Plant Tours

After a lunch break all in attendance were shown Shepherd’s facility and were able to view design and tool making as well as thermoforming production on our roll fed and sheet fed equipment.

 If you are interested in registering for our 2014 seminar next fall, click here for more information.

Holiday Shut Down

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Happy Holidays

Enjoy the Season

The employees of Shepherd Thermoforming & Packaging Inc.  would like to send our appreciation to our customers and suppliers for their business and efforts in the last year.  Again this year we will not be sending Christmas cards.  We will be making a donation to Strive Learning Centre for Children it is a registered charity 81290 9257 RR0001 , whose mission it is to improve the quality of life for children with Cerebral Palsy by the delivery of therapeutic programs that maximizes their strength, functionality, and independence.  For more information or visit our website at

The Office will be closed from December 23rd to 27th with a light staff on December 30th, 31st,  normal operations resume January 2nd.
The Plant will be closed from December 23rd to January 1st.  normal operations resume January 2nd.

2014 is shaping up to be a very prosperous year for Shepherd Thermoforming and Packaging Inc.  We wish the same for all of our customers and suppliers!Small snowflake

Thermoforming 101 Seminar (Tuesday November 19th, 2013)

Posted by | Filed under Announcements, Community | Oct 16, 2013 | Tags: | Comments Off on Thermoforming 101 Seminar (Tuesday November 19th, 2013)

Sign Up For Our Thermoforming Seminar

SeminarOur next free “Thermoforming 101” seminar date is fast approaching ! We will be meeting on Tuesday November 19 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 November 19th.
Program09 Fall Seminar
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 molds and trim dies are made



·Materials for Thermoforming

An over-view of the types of material used in Thermoforming, with a focus on eco-friendly material options and the impact these are having on the recycling process.


·Post Thermoforming
Operations like heat sealing, Heat welding and other tamper-proofing methods. Also an update in the plastics market and perception.

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

The Evolution of Contour Print

Posted by | Filed under Design, Manufacturing | Oct 2, 2013 | Tags: , | Comments Off on The Evolution of Contour Print

In 1996 Shepherd Thermoforming and Packaging produced a preprinted thermoformed package for a New York toy company. It was a relatively simple design that allowed the kids to use the package as a frame to mount their art work when completed.



This pre-printed clamshell package won the Vinyl Institutes Award (North America) for “Environmental Innovation/Source Reduction”.

In retrospect it was a great idea and the steps we used 19 years ago to distort the artwork and register it accurately during the thermoforming operation remain very much the same today. However, as in everything else the technology has improved greatly to the point where we can now predict the amount of art distortion much quicker. Also 19 years ago we were pioneering the process on high speed thermoforming equipment using tunnel heat which cooked the inks as well as the plastic so finding the right ink and maintaining constant heat was a challenge.

Contour PrintToday we work closely with art distortion companies and printers that have refined their processes making it easier to predict the resulting print on package contours thus getting the package to market faster. With some restrictions we can now replace the need to apply labels to clamshells and blisters with multi-colored decoration and copy applied directly to the rolls of plastic prior to forming the package – no label to apply and no contamination in the recycling stream.

Shepherd is currently working on “Contour Print” projects for several global brands as well as some unique applications where combining  printing and thermoforming can produce some major benefits.

“Let us Shepherd your next project”


Thermoforming Misnomers

Posted by | Filed under Community, Design | Sep 11, 2013 | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Thermoforming Misnomers

“Do you guys make bubble pack?” Ouch that hurts!

At Shepherd Thermoforming and Packaging it is a common problem so let’s be clear.  We make plastic clamshells, blisters and trays.  We also make larger plastic parts that are specific to a customer’s application which could be called anything so let’s not go there.

Common misnomers for the thin gauge parts that we make include skin pack, vacuum pack, bubble wrap and bubble pack.  These names all relate to other forms of packaging like flexible skin packaging where the film is stretched tight over the product on a card, vacuum packaging commonly seen in meat packaging, air cap which is a protective wrapping or shrink wrap which is where a product is completely enclosed by flexible shrink film.  We don’t make these things!


Thermoforming is a process of heating and forming rigid plastic sheet over a mold to form a package, tray or blister.  The process is sometimes called vacuum forming because vacuum is always used to force the heated plastic into the mold however the proper term is thermoforming because air pressure and assist tools are also used.  We do make these things!

Need help figuring out what you need?  Contact Simon Mangos at 905-459-4545 x233 or email him at

New Gold Rigid PET Packaging Trays

Posted by | Filed under Announcements, Design, Material | Aug 6, 2013 | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on New Gold Rigid PET Packaging Trays
PET Gold Metalized Tray Package

PET Gold Metalized Tray Package

For a number of years the gold trays typically seen in the packaging world were produced using PVC material.

After months of development with suppliers we have been able to produce a PET (polyethylene terephthalate) gold metalized tray meeting current clients stringent standards for quality, colour, aesthetics and structure.  The PET material is a virgin material APET, however a step in the right direction towards using a post consumer product like the 100% post consumer RPET we currently offer customers.

If you have a need or are interested in seeing the metalized RPET samples, contact Simon Mangos at or call 905-459-4545 ext. 233.

Shepherd Summer Shutdown and Summer Hours.

Posted by | Filed under Announcements, Community | Jun 25, 2013 | Tags: , | Comments Off on Shepherd Summer Shutdown and Summer Hours.

Please be advised that the Shepherd  PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT will  be shut down from July 1st thru July 5th 2013.

During this time, excluding the July 1st holiday, our sales and administration will still operate on a regular schedule.

All current customer orders which fall into this time frame have been planned for in advance and will be delivered on time.

Shepherd’s office staff will be starting summer hours June 21 2013 and ending September 21st.

Through this period the office will close at 1pm on Friday’s during this period.

Have a Great Summer !!!!!!

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