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Packaging supplier investing $6M in operation

June 4, 2018
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Pregis Films Grand Rapids
Pregis Films supplies packaging and sealant films used throughout the packaging industry. Photo via pregis.com

A manufacturer of packaging products is making a second multi-million-dollar investment in its Grand Rapids facility since acquiring it in 2015.

Deerfield, Illinois-based Pregis said last week it is spending $6 million to upgrade its Pregis Films facility in Grand Rapids.

“We are seeing increased demand for higher quality flexible packaging, e-commerce protective material and surface protection films,” said Tom Wetsch, chief innovation officer, Pregis.

“Our continued investment in this facility will help us meet market segment expectations for package performance and provide vertical integration for some of Pregis’ other products.”

The investment is for a second multi-layer Windmoeller & Hoelscher,  or W&H, blown film line to address growing demands for the sealant films used in Pregis’ packaging products.

Pregis spent $17 million in 2016 for the first five-layer W&H line, converting equipment, expanding production space and hiring 50 employees. The move followed the company’s acquisition of the former Eagle Film Extruders in 2015, which owned the facility at the time.

In addition to the two W&H lines, the 90,000-square-foot Grand Rapids manufacturing facility also houses four other multi-layer blown film extrusion lines and a film lab.

The company has 130 employees at its Grand Rapids facility.

Pregis

Founded in 2005, Pregis is a provider of protective packaging materials, equipment systems and surface protection.

Pregis serves consumer and industrial market segments, including food, pharmaceutical, health care, medical devices, agricultural, e-commerce, retail, automotive, transportation, furniture, electronics, building, construction and military/aerospace.

The company has about 4,000 employees at 24-plus manufacturing and warehousing facilities in North America and Europe.

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