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American Packaging Corporation completes $17.5 million expansion

American Packaging Corporation recently completed its $17.5 million plant expansion at its Rotogravure Printing and Laminating facility in Columbus, WI.

The project included the purchase of several new pieces of equipment, facility upgrades as well as 100,000 sq. ft. of additional operating space. New state-of-the-art equipment includes: 10 color Comexi rotogravure press with in-line lamination, a 3rd cylinder storage retrieval system, modernized ink department with 2 ink-dispensing units, laser scoring equipment, Catbridge turreted simplex slitter, and a fully-robotic material-handling system.

The expansion resulted in the hiring of 15 additional full-time employees. A sustainable focus was maintained throughout the expansion process, including installation of skylights and windows to provide natural lighting, as well as the installation of a state of the art regenerative thermal oxidizer.  American Packaging utilized several of the existing buildings it purchased. 100% of the demolition material was separated and recycled including wood, steel, glass and brick.

“The owners are impressed by the commitment this facility has shown and believe that through strategic investment in our facilities and most importantly attracting and retaining the best people in the industry, we will continue to thrive as a company,” says American Packaging President and CEO Peter Schottland.

The continued investment by American Packaging demonstrates confidence in its business and desire to grow with its customers. This expansion follows a $12.7 million expansion at its Extrusion Laminating and Coating facility in Rochester, NY completed in 2009 and a $16.5 million expansion at its Flexographic Printing and Laminating facility in Story City, IA in 2010.

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