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Corrugated: Sacramento Container to open new sheet plant near Fresno; may add corrugator

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Corrugated: Sacramento Container to open new sheet plant near Fresno; may add corrugator

March 15, 2013 - 13:30

SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2013 (PPI Pulp & Paper Week) -Sacramento Container is opening a sheet plant in Kingsburg, CA, next month in a building formerly owned by Del Monte as a peach cannery.

The new 265,000 sq ft operation will make boxes with about 25 workers but long-term plans include adding a corrugator and increasing the number of employees to 200 workers. Initial equipment will include a 50-in. Ward flexo folder-gluer and 37-in. Martin flexo folder-gluer.

About 25% of the company's customers, including Sun-Maid and Sunsweet Growers, are near the new plant in Kingsburg, an agricultural area in the central San Joaquin Valley within shipping distance of Fresno and Bakersfield.

Sacramento Container is in McClellan on a former US Air Force base north of Sacramento. In 2009, Sacramento Container formed a joint venture called Northern Sheets with Schwarz Partners to install a 98-in BHS corrugator adjacent to its existing plant.

"We've been going full bore for the last two years, have experienced dramatic growth, and this (Kingsburg) plant is ideal," said CEO Joe LeRoy.

1.5 billion ft2goal.Last year, the company sold 1.13 billion ft2of corrugated boxes; LeRoy's goal for this year is 1.5 billion ft2.

LeRoy said the key to such growth is avoiding seasonal business and concentrating on making boxes at the retail level for wine, raisins, prunes, walnuts, and almonds.