The March Chamber luncheon was held on March 20th at AMC Foam Technologies. A group
of 40 were given a tour of this state of the art manufacturing facility along with an excellent
presentation by Conrad Hoeppner, Vice President of Sales. The Gates on Roblin catered a
AMC Foam Technologies is a family run business established in 1995 by the late Tom
Smerchanski. In 2013 AMC relocated from Inkster Park into its new facilities in Headingley.
Justin Smerchanski together with a strong management team have successfully developed a
company where its staff love to come to work. AMC attributes its success to the dedication of its
employees and their commitment to communication.
AMC Foam is one of the largest employers in the Rural Municipality of Headingley with 52
employees and growing.
Their 114,000 square foot building includes a large manufacturing facility, warehouse, and a
second floor office. Expanded polystyrene insulation products manufactured at the facility
are created by injecting steam into polystyrene resin pellets. The manufacture of
polystyrene insulation is non-polluting and the “smoke” seen billowing from the plant is
actually clouds of steam. AMC uses state of the art manufacturing equipment and is proud that
it uses green manufacturing process with the recycling of water, regrinding of scrap material
with no polystyrene being hauled to the landfill. Any product or materials that cannot be
reground are melted and shipped to manufacture alternative products like picture frames
AMC Foam Technologies products are sold in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and North west
Ontario. The company also sells its products through distributors in the Midwest states. AMC
products are available in lumberyards, concrete supply and retail stores across Canada and
several states in the USA.
AMC’s primary products include Logix ICF (insulated concrete forms) and rigid insulation sheet
goods. The ICFs are used to build foundations, complete homes, multi storey residences, and
other commercial structures. The rigid sheet goods (HALO) are used on the
outside/inside/below grade for both residential and commercial building. These products can be
seen throughout Headingley and can be identified as Logix, Halo, and Heat Sheet.
AMC Foam is working with contractors with the objective to build Net Zero homes by
2030. This is a new initiative by the Canadian government where all buildings will be required
to be Net Zero by 2030. This means that a building must create as much energy as it
consumes, having a net zero balance. The first concern towards reaching this target is a
thermally efficient building envelope. This is not only advantageous for reducing energy
consumption, but studies have shown that employee productivity increases with a good work
environment and thermal comfort was the number one issue.
AMC Foam has constructed several buildings in Manitoba using the Logix insulated concrete
forms. As an example, the Best Western Hotel in Headingley is a concrete ICF building and
the guest rooms are very quiet. Although the cost of using a concrete envelope is marginally
higher than a stick frame building, it is thermally more efficient. When shown two photos
using infrared sensors it was startling to see the difference between the traditional wood
frame and the concrete ICF building. It was readily apparent how the concrete ICF building was
thermally superior. Another benefit is that it costs about half as much to heat and cool this type
In a recent thermal study, the R-factor of a concrete ICF building was shown to be superior to
that of the traditional stick frame construction. With one side of the wall at -35°C and the other
at room temperature, there was no discernible heat loss for 48 hours. Over the course of a
year, with our Manitoba extreme climate conditions, one can expect an ICF home to perform at
an average of R40-45, which is 2.5 times better than the current building code.
On behalf of all the members and guests who attended the tour and presentation, the
Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Justin Smerchanski, Dinu Paraschiv, Conrad
Hoeppner and their team for the informative tour and excellent presentation.
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