Valley Packaging, a subsidiary of Green Bay Packaging, is expanding its operations in Pulaski, Tennessee, US, by investing approximately $30m to construct a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Giles County.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new corrugated containers manufacturing facility was held in November 2015 in Giles County. It is expected to create more than 75 job opportunities over the next five years in Pulaski.

The new facility will improve product quality, expand capabilities and assist in future business growth. It will also allow the company meet customers’ needs and improve customer satisfaction in the south-east US market.

Investment will also help the company meet the current food safety standards as the food and beverage industry, which requires safety certification, is a significant consumer of the company’s products.

Design of Valley Packaging’s new manufacturing facility

TNECD and Valley Packaging authorities officially announced the new corrugated containers plant in Giles County in November 2015.

The facility will be built over 301,000ft² and will be equipped with the latest manufacturing technology. It is designed to meet the current food safety standards, and will be installed with converting equipment that will help maintain high-quality standards in the business. The design will also contribute to efficient workflow, better waste reduction and a more secure and safer work zone.

Corrugated cardboard packaging plant technology and equipment

The corrugated cardboard packaging plant will be equipped with converting equipment, including a labelling machine, flexo folder gluer, rotary die cutter, letterpress, and other related machinery.

It will also include a corrugated scrap collection system such as a baler and related tools to collect the trimmings and pieces of cardboard scrap from the converting operation.

The pollution at the site will be controlled by a high-efficiency cyclone.

Location of corrugated containers production facility

“The pollution at the site will be controlled by a high-efficiency cyclone.”

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) in partnership with University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS), the Pulaski-Giles County Economic Development Commission, and Tennesse Valley Authority (TVA) started searching for a suitable location for the proposed plant since the project proposal in January 2014. Pulaski was finally chosen as the ideal location to set-up the plant.

The plant will be built on a site located on Holt Road, near the intersection of the Highway 64 Bypass and Minor Hill Highway (Highway 11).

Marketing commentary

Valley Packaging is a leading supplier and corrugated containers and associated products. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Green Bay Packaging is a family owned, vertically integrated company.

Green Bay Packaging owns a sawmill facility, folding cartons, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, corrugated container plants, pressure-sensitive label roll stock, specialty converting operations, and timberlands. It has manufacturing facilities in 31 locations across the US and Mexico.