PaperWorks Industries, Inc., a leading integrated North American paperboard packaging supplier, will make a strategic investment of more than $9 million over the next year to expand the capabilities of its Boehmer Box folding carton manufacturing facility in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The plant was one of the facilities acquired from CanAmPac in July.
The investment in Boehmer includes sheet-fed lithographic printing presses and related carton-making equipment. Upgrading the manufacturing and warehouse space will enable Boehmer to increase carton production by almost 75 %.
PaperWorks President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Kwilinski emphasized that the investment will build on Boehmer's current design and production capabilities for high-quality, offset litho-printed folding cartons. The facility produces folding cartons for various products from dry and frozen food to beverage, and household and personal care items, among others.
"We purchased Boehmer Box because of its demonstrated excellence in operational effectiveness, customer service and quality," Kwilinski says in a release. "We now want to leverage that strong foundation to build a best-in-class site. The goal is to deliver even better quality and service to our growing folding carton customer base—from concept to carton commercialization."
Terry MacLeod, president of PaperWorks Canada, pointed out that the investment demonstrates a strong vote of confidence in Boehmer Box employees.
"We have some of the most talented and experienced people in the industry who understand the value of outstanding customer service and quality. This investment will enable them to deliver greater value to even more customers," he says.
PaperWorks is planning on adding 150 employees across all areas of pre-press and workflow at the Kitchener facility over the next year.