ECO FRIENDLY SUCCESS STORY
Sustaining the environment with sturdy and efficient home garden composters that keep vermin at bay, produce soil rich in fertilizer nutrients, and abundant gardens
“It’s a feel-good project, we want things done locally, and we want to see it grow and succeed.”
—Joyce McMenamon, Owner, Fresh Earth Products
As a start-up, Joyce did not need huge quantities, which did not phase the team at Wesgar that regularly serves the needs of its clients ranging from small emerging businesses to complex multi-million-dollar assemblies at its four-acre plant in Port Coquitlam. Its first order was for 45 units. Wesgar made five to start, suggested minor tweaks that improved the unit’s functionality, made it easier and faster to manufacture, and improved the price, then fabricated the balance of 40 units. Meanwhile, Fresh Earth Products started selling the Speedibin composters online and via word of mouth. Users tell friends, neighbors, and family members—the business is growing steadily, and Wesgar is keeping pace with Fresh Earth Products’ needs.
Fresh Earth Products is driven to be an example of an ethical company doing the right thing for the world. When gardening, Joyce lays down cardboard where it would have been plastic a few years ago. She insists all Speedibin composter packaging is compostable. Other suppliers wanted to use foam to protect the parts during shipping; Wesgar is happy to accommodate by separating and protecting the panels using paper and has sourced heavy-duty Kraft tape to seal the packaging. Joyce says, “It’s a feel-good project, we want things done locally, and we want to see it grow and succeed.”
Located in Merville, BC, has not deterred Joyce from visiting the Wesgar plant to meet the team and discuss future plans for Speedibin composters. Manufactured in Port Coquitlam and shipped to Merville, Speedibins ship to customers across North America. Joyce has developed an excellent relationship with the service team there and is quick to say that Wesgar is by far the best manufacturer she has worked with.