Direct Pack, a US manufacturer of thermoformed plastic packaging for food applications, has expanded its facility in Rockingham, North Carolina.
The Rockingham site produces a variety of food packaging containers – including salad bowls and custom packaging for hot and cold fresh food applications – and supplies restaurant chains and food processors.
Direct Pack has added 56,000 square feet of space as part of its expansion efforts, which have been supported by a $400,000 Rural Building Reuse Grant from the state of North Carolina Department of Commerce.
The project has also included the addition of new flexible manufacturing lines and has reportedly allowed Direct Pack to evolve into a “24/7 operation”. Plans are said to be in place to bring additional equipment and precision tooling online in the second half of the year.
According to Direct Pack, the expanded Rockingham facility has allowed it to increase its manufacturing capacity by more than 40%.
“Expanding our manufacturing operations in Rockingham is an important part of our continued business growth,” said Craig Griffith, general manager of Direct Pack East.
“The additional production capacity will allow us to provide our expanding customer base the highest-quality packaging needed to deliver their products to consumers.
“We are immensely grateful for the ongoing support from North Carolina Department of Commerce and the City of Rockingham. Both have worked hand in hand with us to add new jobs to the region.”
Founded in 2006 in California, Direct Pack is a subsidiary of PMC Global. Last year, the company acquired Mexican firm Atmosphera Verde in a move to expand its PET plastic recycling capabilities.
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