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Family Business Story – Succession Planning, Transition from Founder to Second Generation

Written by AlphaPoly

Paul Kerrigan Alpha Poly Corporation

My dream always was to have a business my children could eventually takeover. In 1989 Alpha Polybag Corporation was founded with 2 employees, 2 bag machines, and 3,000 sq ‘ of space began manufacturing garbage bags. Today, the transition to 2nd generation is pretty well completed and Alpha Poly Corporation is a much different company with 50 employees, 53,000 sq ‘, 400 stocking products and a wide variety of custom printed and plain products sold across Canada and the US market. Learn how my dream became a reality!

Paul Kerrigan is the President and Founder of Alpha Poly Corporation, a manufacturer of printed and plain stock and custom polybags and roll stock, selling across Canada and into the US markets. He has been married for 45 years and has five children and fourteen grandchildren.

As a true entrepreneur over the course of his career he has owned four successful businesses.

Now in semi-retirement he is kept quite busy. Personal trainer twice a week, a member of the Probus Club he hikes The Bruce Trail weekly. Paul enjoys white water canoeing, kayaking, camping, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. His cottage in Muskoka is a favorite spot for relaxation where he enjoys time with family and grandchildren. In his spare time Paul together with his wife takes many trips, they particularly enjoy cruising.

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