OH: Amcor Rigid Plastics to Invest $40M to Expand Bottle Mfg Operations
11 Jan, 2017
Amcor Rigid Plastics, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of rigid plastic packaging for consumer products, has announced a major expansion of its Bellevue, Ohio, facility to meet increased demand for its Diversified Products packaging in the food, healthcare, beverage, and home and personal care markets. The company’s $40 million investment, which will nearly double the facility’s manufacturing and warehouse footprint, is supported by an economic development grant from JobsOhio through the assistance of the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP).
Amcor’s expansion of the 30-year-old facility will include an addition of 126,000 sq ft of manufacturing space and an additional 85,000 sq ft of warehouse space. The expanded footprint is expected to boost employment beyond the current 148-person workforce. Bellevue currently produces preforms along with injection blow molded and extrusion blow molded rigid plastic containers.
“During this strong period of growth for our business, we’re fortunate to be able to make this substantial investment at our Bellevue site,” said Ann O’Hara, vice president and general manager for Amcor’s Diversified Products business unit. “Our focus is to meet the expanded needs of our customers while also attracting new business.”
O’Hara added that Northwest Ohio is a strategic geographic location for Amcor because it is home to many of its customers including brand owners and manufacturers in the food, healthcare, and consumer segments. In addition, O’Hara added that the expanded production capacity comes as manufacturers continue to convert from glass to plastic to support improvements in sustainability, safety, and product handling.
“Amcor’s expansion further demonstrates that Northwest Ohio is a great place for business and enhances our region’s standing as a leader in the advanced manufacturing sector,” said Dean Monske, president and CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership. “Along with JobsOhio, the RGP congratulates the city of Bellevue and commends Amcor for bringing new jobs and investment to the community.”
The expansion project is already underway and completion is expected next summer.
The Regional Growth Partnership
The Regional Growth Partnership is a private, non-profit economic development group dedicated to fostering local, national and international business investment opportunities in Northwest Ohio. JobsOhio is a private, non-profit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention, and expansion efforts. The RGP serves as Northwest Ohio’s network partner for JobsOhio. For more information, visit here.
Amcor Limited (ASX: AMC) is a global leader in responsible packaging solutions, focusing on a broad range of flexible and rigid plastic packaging that enhances the products consumers use in everyday life, with 95 percent of its sales into the food, beverage, healthcare and tobacco industries. The company employs more than 31,000 people worldwide, operating in 40-plus countries and across more than 190 sites. For more information, visit here.