The 350,000 sq.ft. facility, built adjacent to Pratt's existing box plant in Lewisburg, is an environmental showpiece for the industry, said company owner Anthony Pratt.
"Not only will the recycled paper used here save as many as 10,000 trees per day, but the facility also uses the latest in water reclamation technology, and will eventually reduce discharge into the local sewer system to zero," he said.
"Further, all of our fork lifts and grab trucks will operate on compressed natural gas instead of propane, further reducing harmful carbon emissions."
The plant is anchored by a 110" BHS corrugator and several finishing machines. It also boasts the latest in conveyor systems technology.
Pratt was joined at the opening by approximately 100 customers and guests, including Ohio Lt Governor Mary Taylor.
In thanking those customers, Pratt said the best way his company can repay their loyalty was by "building plants where you need us."
"That's why we build so many of our factories close to your facilities," he told guests. "We're a customer-focused company and we believe growth comes through continual improvement in customer service, investment in technology and providing the market with a sustainable, high-performance product. This state-of-the-art facility allows us to continue that focus."
The new plant is Pratt's 4th facility in Ohio, representing a total investment of more than $100 million.
Pratt already employs more than 400 people in Ohio, and that total will climb to almost 550 when the new plant reaches capacity.
The company now employs over 4400 people in the U.S. and has grown from the 46th largest box producer to the 5th largest with more than 110 facilities across the country.
Meanwhile work continues on Pratt's new $260 million recycled paper mill in neighboring Indiana. It is being built on a 50-acre site about 50 miles south of Chicago, next to the company's huge box-making plant in Valparaiso. It is due for start up in 12 months.
Source: Pratt Industries