Amcor Rigid Plastics expands the capacity of extrusion blow molded PP bottles

The multi-million dollar expansion of manufacturing facilities in Batavia, Illinois, Fort Worth, Texas, and Brampton, Ontario enables Amcor to move its manufacturing presence closer to customers with improved logistics and reduced transportation costs.

Ball Plastics Packaging America

The expansion involves the production of multilayer polypropylene (PP) containers – a line of products acquired by Ball Plastics Packaging Americas in August 2010 – and HDPE containers with PCR content for personal care and household purposes, creating 30 jobs.

Amcor’s proprietary gamma multilayer PP technology meets high barrier and high temperature requirements for applications such as salsa, barbecue sauce, ketchup, syrup and liquid baby foods.

Multi-layer PP barrier packaging

Amcor is experiencing strong growth in multilayer PP barrier packaging for food and carrier set food packaging for the club store market segment.

As part of its growth strategy in the food segment, Amcor recently expanded the stretch blow molding (thermoset) capacity at its Wytheville, Virginia facility to serve local food customers.

Batavia closure

Despite the announcement, 110 jobs were cut when Amcor Rigid Plastics closes a factory in Batavia, Illinois.

Michael Hodges, VP, Communications, Amcor, said the closure will be a “rolling type of shutdown” from September to March 2018.

During that time it will remove equipment from the factory that will eventually be sold.

The Batavia plant produces plastic bottles for the food industry and the reason for the closure is “changed business conditions”

“We have over 30 plant locations in North America. If there are jobs and people want to move, there are opportunities,” he added.

Hodges said Amcor has four other plants near Chicago; South Chicago Pullman District, Addison, Itasca and Mundelein.

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