Packaging facility expansion
Flexible packaging manufacturer ProAmpac is developing a collaboration and innovation centre (CIC) at its existing packaging facility in Rochester, New York, US.
Announced in February 2020, the proposed innovation centre will be used for packaging design and development. The facility will also serve as a training hub for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, and as a centre for industry events.
The Empire State Development (ESD) organisation is providing a financial grant worth up to $1.35m to support the development of the CIC. The project is also supported by Greater Rochester Enterprise, Rochester Gas & Electric, and Monroe County.
The estimated investment involved in the packaging facility expansion is $8m and the project is expected to be completed by June 2021.
The company’s manufacturing facility is located on Manitou Road in the Town of Ogden in Monroe County, New York.
The 25,000ft² innovation centre is being built within the existing packaging site.
ProAmpac will use the CIC facility as the base for its packaging design and rapid prototyping programme, known as Design & Sample Lab (DASL). DASL focuses on developing functional and commercial-quality packaging prototypes, which can be used for trade shows, sizing, compatibility and consumer studies, and promotion.
The collaboration and innovation facility will help the company expedite packaging innovation and development. It will be equipped with an analytical testing lab, development and testing equipment, and areas for training, meetings and collaboration.
It will support the collaborative innovation approach adopted by the company to reduce the time taken to bring new packaging from its initial concept phase to the market.
The existing packaging facility produces flexible pouches. Equipped with short-run capabilities, the facility can manufacture from a single pouch to millions. The short runs facilitate limited production-line testing of packaging prototypes.
The CIC will also help accelerate the company’s capabilities in the areas of product development, analytical capabilities and application testing. It is expected to support collaboration between customers, suppliers and the company’s development teams.
The new collaboration and innovation centre is expected to strengthen the economy of the region.
The packaging facility expansion will create 40 new jobs and strengthen the local manufacturing sector.
The project will allow industry professionals from other locations to collaborate at the CIC. It will also support ‘Finger Lakes Forward’, an initiative to spur economic growth in the Finger Lakes region.
ProAmpac offers diverse flexible packaging solutions that cater to different industries. Its wide range of products includes PRO-DURA large-format bags and heavy-duty bags for speciality items, aluminium and plastic die-cut lids, preformed pouches, and daisy chain lidding for portion pack applications.
The company provides E-Z ZIP recloseable pouches, Quick Zip pouches, POUR & LOK and INNO-LOK pre-zippered films for the protection of the products inside the packaging.
Other product offerings include barrier and non-barrier performance films, cohesive wraps, and customised films for applications such as dried foods, meat, frozen foods, hot-fill liquid, and chemicals.
ProAmpac showcased digital print, short-run, breathable materials, and other medical flexible packaging products at the MD&M West medical design and manufacturing event in February 2020.
The healthcare and medical packaging solutions offered by ProAmpac include form-fill-seal overwraps, pre-made bags and pouches, and PRO FlexiPURE films for drug-delivery applications.
The solutions for over-the-counter pharmaceuticals are poly-coated one-side paper and paper/poly structures for single-dose packaging.
ProAmpac is a global flexible packaging company with a network of 34 manufacturing centres of excellence in seven countries. It has an extensive product range and offers innovative packaging solutions, serving multiple industries, including foodservice, food and beverage, retail, lawn, garden and speciality, pet food, home, health and beauty.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, ProAmpac was acquired by Pritzer Group Private Capital from Wellspring Capital Management in November 2016. The ProAmpac management team continues to be a major shareholder in the company despite the acquisition.
The company operates under Ampac, Tulsack, and Prolamina brands and has 27 locations throughout Canada and the US.
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