Amcor expanding packaging plant in US

Amcor Rigid Plastics is spending $40 million (€37.7 million) to expand a plastic packaging manufacturing site in Ohio.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company, a division of global plastics giant Amcor Ltd., said the investment will just about double both manufacturing and warehouse space.

Amcor has been in Bellevue, Ohio, for 30 years, and the construction will involve 126,000 square feet of new manufacturing space and 85,000 square feet of new warehouse space, the company said.

The facility makes preforms as well as injection and blow moulded plastic containers.

“During this strong period of growth for our business, we’re fortunate to be able to make this substantial investment at our Bellevue site,” said Ann O’Hara, vice president and general manager for Amcor’s Diversified Products business unit, in a statement.

O’Hara indicated the site in Northwest Ohio is “a strategic geographic location for Amcor” as the area also is home to many of the company’s customers in the food, healthcare and consumer segments. The conversion from glass to plastic packaging also is adding to the need for more production capacity, she said in the statement.