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01/21/2022

Sustainable packaging company expands team

The personnel moves join new facility expansions in the United States.
Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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Vancouver-based Evanesce, a sustainable packaging technology company,  innovating in compostable plant-based food service and retail packaging, including for private brand and white label customers, has bolstered its leadership team

The company recently embarked on a $17 million investment late last year, developing its first facility in the United States in Columbia, S.C., and now adds two new leaders to the company.

Angela Rodenburgh is being added as the new global vice president of marketing and Evanesce has promoted David Chaplin to director of operations for manufacturing, overseeing the company’s facility in South Carolina and one soon to open in Nevada.

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Angela Rodenburgh

Douglas Horne, the company’s founder and CEO, said the appointments demonstrate the company’s commitment to establishing world-class manufacturing and distribution operations for its patented Evanesce Molded Starch Technology and biopolymer plant-based food service single-use products.  

“We are delighted that professionals of Angela and David’s caliber have joined our organization, and they will play a key role in our rapid expansion offering patented, innovative technology that meets the highest standards of sustainable packaging alternatives.”  

Prior to joining Evanesce, Angela Rodenburgh was vice president of marketing for Redwood Plastics & Rubber with responsibility for marketing strategy, development and execution. An investor, entrepreneur and industry thought leader, Rodenburgh is a board member of SPE: Inspiring Plastics Professionals’ Injection Molding Division and was past chairman of the marketing committee for the International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD).

“I’m delighted to fill this role at Evanesce,” Rodenburgh said.  “The past two decades during which I’ve been in the plastics industry has led to this critical juncture, and I am proud to join a team that is built on the principles of a circular economy with products that are 100% compostable, and 100% plant-based.

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David Chaplin

Chaplin, manager of the Evanesce manufacturing plant in Early Branch, South Carolina, is now the director of operations for the company. In this new role, he will oversee manufacturing at the South Carolina plant, as well as the 117,000 square foot facility now under construction in North Las Vegas. Prior to joining Evanesce, Mr. Chaplin was a plant manager in Williston, South Carolina for global automotive components manufacturer Dayco Products.  

“Manufacturing operations will play a critical role in scaling up Evanesce’s patented technology,” Chaplin said. “I look forward to working with our team, partners and customers to deliver the cost-effective and performance competitive products they need.”  

Horne added that Evanesce has also relocated its headquarters in Vancouver to larger offices located at 1050 West Pender Street that will accommodate the company’s planned expansion.  “Global packaging is a $1 trillion market, and food packaging represents about a third of the total, representing superb opportunities for growth and expansion.”