Huhtamaki to Build New Converting Facility and Distribution Center to Serve
Foodservice and Retail Markets
New Facility in Ohio Will Produce Paper Drink Cups and Create 237 Jobs
DE SOTO, Kan., Jan. 31, 2013
DE SOTO, Kan., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Huhtamaki, a global leader in
food packaging and tableware, today announced plans to open a state-of-the-art
converting facility and distribution center in Batavia Township, Ohio, to
serve customers in the foodservice and retail industries. The new facility
will initially produce paper drink cups and distribute products made
throughout the Huhtamaki manufacturing network.
Huhtamaki expects capital investments at the site, located 25 miles east of
Cincinnati, to exceed $60 million over the next three years and result in the
creation of 237 jobs. The 925,000 square-foot facility was formerly owned by
the Ford Motor Company and also houses the University of Cincinnati's UC East
"This investment further demonstrates Huhtamaki's commitment to serving the
evolving needs of foodservice and retail customers for tableware, cups,
containers, carriers and serviceware," says Clay Dunn, president, Huhtamaki
North America. "Today's announcement caps an exciting 18-month period in which
we completed three acquisitions and added seven production facilities in the
U.S. to expand our ability to offer customers a broad product line and
coast-to-coast coverage from 17 North American plants."
Construction of the new facility will begin this year to accommodate the
installation of new production lines for manufacturing paper drink cups and to
build the distribution center. Commercial production is scheduled to launch in
the fourth quarter.
"The open space configuration is ideally suited for world-class capability in
productivity and material flow," says Fred Betzen, vice president of
Operations, Huhtamaki North America. "This new facility has the space and
infrastructure to meet growing customer needs for additional products and
production volume and can be expanded over the next several years."
"We would like to thank Governor John Kasich, Jobs Ohio, the Industrial Realty
Group, the University of Cincinnati, and all the officials from Clermont
County and elsewhere who were involved in the site selection process," says
Dunn. "We're excited to become part of the Batavia community and expand our
presence in Ohio beyond our facilities in New Vienna and Franklin," said Dunn.
Huhtamaki North America is a leading manufacturer of consumer goods packaging
as well as tableware, cups, folding cartons, containers, carriers, trays and
serviceware for the foodservice industry and retail markets. Our product
portfolio includes Chinet®, the leading brand of premium tableware. Huhtamaki
North America employs approximately 3,300 people in 17 manufacturing sites.
The parent company, Huhtamaki Oyj, has its head office in Espoo, Finland and
its shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. Additional information is
available at www.huhtamaki.com.
Contact: Brenda Scott, Communications Manager, +1-913-583-8268,
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