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Constantia Flexibles expands South Carolina facility

Constantia Flexibles, flexible packaging solutions provider for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, food and beverage markets, is investing $12 million to expand its main US manufacturing facility in Blythewood, SC, adding 15,000 sq. ft. of factory floor space to house several new pieces of packaging equipment and more than a dozen new employees.

The Blythewood facility manufactures custom packaging for the pharmaceutical and food industries, including packaging foils for blister packages, child-resistant packaging, and lids for portion-controlled containers.  The factory also houses equipment used for laminating, coating, rotogravure printing and slitting services.

The construction project marks the third of its kind for Constantia Flexibles’ South Carolina facility, which opened in 1997 and underwent expansions in 2001 and 2005. 

“Like previous expansions, the current project reflects Constantia Flexibles’ solid growth in sales, and its leadership as a packaging innovator,” said Steve Godwin, Chief Operating Officer, USA for Constantia Flexibles.  “More room means additional equipment and new employees to build further upon our successes.  We’re excited as well as proud, and we look forward to the expansion’s completion this coming fall.”

The current upsizing comes after a successful 2012 during which Constantia launched several new products including easy-PIESY aluminum/PET/aluminum lamination, and Dispense Lid, which was developed as a means of dosing tablets, capsules or liquids from plastic bottles in a controlled, more compliant manner.

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