The West Bend bottle plant in Wisconsin. © Alpla
Austrian packaging company Alpla has announced it has acquired the West Bend bottle manufacturing plant in Wisconsin from Gehl Foods.
The 100,000-square-foot facility is 30 miles north of Milwaukee and supplies six layer bottles to Gehl Foods in the food and dairy category.
Alpla intends to grow early on in their ownership of this new facility – both with Gehl Foods and other customers.
The current technology at the plant is extrusion blow moulding, but the company plans to add injection stretch blow moulding capabilities by mid-2018.
The acquisition is part of Alpla’s growth strategy to gain access to key geographies within the North American market. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the financial details.
Alpla employs around 17,300 people at 160 locations and produces packaging for brands in the food, beverage, cosmetics and cleaning industries.
Earlier this year it expanded its production capacity in Eastern Europe with the acquisition of Romanian manufacturer Star East PET.
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