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Industry Watch—March 2018

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the March 2018 issue of Packaging World.


PaperWorks Industries, Inc., invested $2 million in a new 40-in. sheet-fed Bobst die-cutter for its Greensboro, NC, facility.

Weber Packaging Solutions is now ISO 9001:2015-certified.

Ossid, a product brand of ProMach, announced that SupplyOne is now a national distributor of Ossid’s TS line of vacuum skin pack, modified atmosphere packaging, and ambient case-ready food tray sealing machines to middle-market and family-owned food processors.

Brown Machine Group merged with the Freeman Co.

COEXPAN-EMSUR’s Brazil plant is operational. The new facility’s technology will offer rigid and flexible packaging to the Brazilian and South American markets.

Rethink Robotics signed 11 new distributors throughout North America and Europe.

Duravant LLC entered into an agreement to acquire Key Technology, Inc.

ProMach announced that affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the company from affiliates of AEA Investors.

Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI) announced a new corporate structure, branding to support brand owner packaging commercialized needs. PTI will be known as PTI Global and Preform Technologies, Inc., will be known as PTI Operations.

American Film Machinery relocated its Corona, CA, facility to the company’s headquarters in Brooklyn Park, MN.

Somic America will open a new North American headquarters in Minneapolis, which is scheduled to be operational by March 2018.

Pregis LLC invested $1 million in a new 1,000 sq-ft testing lab for its Grand Rapids, MI, blown film manufacturing facility.

Pretium Packaging’s SureHandleTM PET container with an integrated handle received validation that it can be used for high-pressure processing food and beverage applications.


Michael Bogdanski was hired as CEO for Micvac.

JLS Automation named Gary Pickett Director of Integrated Systems Group and Justin Fredricks Regional Applications Engineer.

Jeremy Jones was appointed Global Marketing Director for Domino Printing Sciences.

Ben McGruder was appointed Director of Customer Service and Inside Sales for Dorner Mfg. Corp.

Greg Masingill was named Executive Vice President for Schneider Packaging.

Jörg Pieper was appointed CEO of Romaco Holding GmbH.

In Memoriam

Robert Fiedler, pioneer and contributor to the packaging industry, serving as a collaborator, author, instructor, and
mentor for numerous packaging professionals, passed away on January 4, 2018.

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