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Corrugated: Green Bay to relocate Cincinnati area box plant

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Corrugated: Green Bay to relocate Cincinnati area box plant

January 11, 2013 - 10:26

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 11, 2013 (PPI Pulp & Paper Week) -Green Bay Packaging purchased a 269,000 ft2building in Lebanon, OH, northeast of the Cincinnati metro area to replace its existing corrugated box plant in Cincinnati. Ongoing sales growth has dictated the need for an improved and expanded manufacturing facility, which will be "lean manufacturing" oriented, the company said. The existing plant has a 98-in. corrugator and 90 employees.

The box maker plans to begin moving the plant's office this month, with the balance of the manufacturing equipment transferring over the next three months. The new plant will include offices, a design center, and warehouse. Boxes made at the plant will be sold to customers in the southern two-thirds of Ohio, southern Indiana, and northern Kentucky.

Green Bay Packaging operates 15 US box plants.

Menasha Packagingpurchased Rand Diversified, an Edison, NJ, fulfillment and contract packaging company. Rand does business with the US Food & Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration, Menasha said. With Rand Diversified's plant, Menasha will operate 16 fulfillment operations in eight states.

Mannkraftof Newark, NJ, changed its name toKampack.Mannkraft CEO Karen Mehiel said company's plant, which runs two 89-in corrugators, is adding bundle breakers and gluing sections by the end of this month. An upgrade of the plant's office will be finished by mid-April, said Mehiel. "It's a whole rebranding that will give us an identity and be appealing to our customers," she said, adding that Mannkraft's motto is "packaging with purpose." Kampack is an affiliate ofUS Corrugated(USC), which consists of four full-line box plants, five sheet plants, and two display-ready packaging facilities operated by US Display Group. USC recently made an equity investment inAshtonne Packaging, Ashland, OH, a packaging and fulfillment solutions provider. Ashtonne provides structural and graphic design services for display-ready packaging, and was founded by Chad Honaker and Dan Schlitt in 2007.

SupplyOneof Devon, PA, late last month said it purchased Melco, which operates a corrugated sheet plant in Clearwater, FL, and has two additional offices in Florida for distributing packaging equipment and supplies. Art and Jeanne Abbo, who purchased the business in 1988, will continue to manage it.

South Haven Packaging (SHP), a sheet plant in South Haven, MI, was purchased by Brian Loope, its former sales mgr and general mgr, from Kindlon Enterprises. SHP, which opened in 1994, sells boxes to the automotive and furniture industries.

Independent sheet plantLandaal Packagingof Flint, MI, is moving into its new Innovation Center, where the firm is growing its marketing department and has met with Michigan State University's school of packaging, and the University of Michigan at Flint to formalize an intern program for marketing, packaging, and graphic design students.