The Mayr-Melnhof Group is strengthening the Neupack folding box production at the Hirschwang site in Austria with an extensive future-oriented program. An investment plan of EUR 18 million in buildings and machines is intended to significantly increase the international competitiveness of the location in the growth markets of e-commerce packaging and high-quality printed consumer goods packaging in ultra-fine wave (microwave) for products such as food, pet food and electrical household appliances. In addition to the construction of an enlarged production and warehouse hall, investments are made in new printing technology, punching capacities as well as state-of-the-art automation and infrastructure. The aim is to lead Neupack Hirschwang into the future with bundled forces and an attractive range of products with good earnings. This makes the folding box factory a sustainable employer in the region with currently 215 employees.
The Georgia-Pacific corrugated plant in Bradford, Pennsylvania, will undergo a significant upgrade with an investment topping $34 million. The funding will provide new equipment to modernize the plant’s operations.
The upgrades include a new corrugator, two new converting lines, and upgrades to the shipping department, which will help the plant operate more efficiently. Newer converting equipment will improve the plant’s throughput and print capability to better meet customer needs.
“This has been a work in progress for many years. We wanted to be responsive to customer needs and provide the best long-term solution for Georgia-Pacific to allow us to grow as a preferred partner with our customers,” said Earl Wright, area general manager. “The equipment we selected will meet the needs of our customers across Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, western/central New York, and eastern New Jersey for many years to come.”
“We have a great team here and Georgia-Pacific’s Bradford plant is a solid performer,” said Joe Roulo Jr., director of operations. “Our employees have tremendous pride in the quality packaging they make for our customers and are excited for the opportunity to operate new state-of-the-art machines that will improve service and delivery for our customers.”
The plant team will begin preparing the facility for installation in the coming months, with the first equipment expected to be installed in the first quarter of 2023. It will take approximately 12 to 14 months to complete the upgrades.