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Article | October 26, 2012
Berlin Packaging acquires United States Container Corporation
Berlin Packaging, full-service supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures, has announced the acquisition of United States Container Corporation (USCC), a California-based distributor of industrial and rigid packaging to increase Berlin’s presence in California and Arizona markets.
With the integration of USCC personnel and operations over the next few months, Berlin Packaging will have over 90 sales and warehouse locations across North America, more than 120 packaging consultants and sales managers, and annual revenues approaching $800 million and growing rapidly. Benefits for Berlin Packaging customers and suppliers include: broader and deeper Berlin Packaging teams in the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix areas; four new warehouses; a strengthened industrial packaging portfolio including drums, pails and industrial bulk containers; easy online access to stock packaging via Sunburst Bottle, a USCC business unit that will now be partnered with Berlin Packaging's Freund Container & Supply division; revenue growth and streamlined processes for suppliers. USCC customers will also gain the benefit of Berlin Packaging's nationwide geographic coverage; access to specialty offerings including Qorpak lab supplies, Dangerous Goods shipping systems, and Freund Container in-stock packaging and industrial supplies; and custom packaging and graphic design, global sourcing, capital lending, and consulting services provided by Berlin Packaging at no charge in exchange for new packaging business.The transaction marks Berlin Packaging's fourth acquisition since the purchase of Pittsburgh-based All-Pak, Inc., in March 2010. The company acquired Chicago-based Continental Packaging Solutions in December 2010 and Connecticut-based Lerman Container in May 2012. "Every acquisition we have made has had the same objectives: to make Berlin Packaging into a stronger supplier and to increase our geographic footprint so that even more customers have access to our solutions and services," said Andrew T. Berlin, Chairman and CEO of Berlin Packaging. "The acquisition of USCC fits perfectly into our strategy and will yield great returns for customers, suppliers, and employees alike. We're better positioned than ever to help customers accelerate business growth by optimizing their packaging strategies."
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