PCA closes Sacramento Container acquisition for $265m

3 October 2017 (Last Updated October 4th, 2017 10:11)

Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) has completed the $265m acquisition of Sacramento Container assets, in addition to 100% of the membership interests of Northern Sheets and Central California Sheets. 

Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) has completed the $265m acquisition of Sacramento Container assets, in addition to 100% of the membership interests of Northern Sheets and Central California Sheets.

PCA chairman and CEO Mark Kowlzan said: “Completing the acquisition of Sacramento Container, Northern Sheets and Central California sheets continues to further PCA’s strategic objectives.

“We welcome our new employees to PCA and look forward to quickly integrating these operations into our company.”

Announced in August, the acquisition gives PCA the full-line corrugated products and sheet feeder operations in California at McClellan and Kingsburg.

At the time of announcing the deal, the company also stated its plans to cease production of uncoated freesheet (UFS) and coated one-side (C1S) grades at its Wallula, Washington facility in the second quarter of next year.

“It will then start the conversion of its 200,000t annual capacity No 3 paper machine to a 400,000t per annum of high-performance 100% virgin kraft linerboard machine.”

It will then start the conversion of its 200,000t annual capacity No 3 paper machine to a 400,000t per annum of high-performance 100% virgin kraft linerboard machine.

The conversion is expected to cost the company nearly $150m.

Initially, the machine will produce around 60% of its capacity, with this expected to increase to 1,150tpd after the installation of a new headbox, forming section and shoe press.

PCA operates eight mills and 94 corrugated products plants and associated facilities in the US.