Deerfield, Ill. — Pregis has announced an investment of approximately $17 million in its Grand Rapids, MI facility, which has been known as Eagle Film Extruders. The investment will be supporting expanded production space, as well as new flexible packaging manufacturing and converting equipment.
Last year, Pregis purchased Eagle, a producer of high-quality mono- and multilayer blown film used for a variety of packaging applications. The acquisition was driven by internal demand for additional high quality film production, as well as external flexible packaging opportunities. Going forward, the Eagle facility and its products will be conducting business as Pregis Films.
Currently, the 90,000-square-foot Grand Rapids manufacturing facility houses four state-of-the-art multilayer blown film extrusion lines. Raising the roof at that location will enable a new installation — a five-layer Windmoeller & Hoelscher blown film line — which is expected to be operational mid-summer. The structural modifications, coupled with available floor capacity, can accommodate additional extrusion lines in the future as demand increases.
“We are seeing demand from industrial, ecommerce and other segments — such as flexible packaging — requiring higher quality materials. Investing in this facility will help us meet market segment expectations for package performance and provide vertical integration for some of Pregis’ other products,” said Kevin Baudhuin, president and CEO of Pregis Films.
The company also will be installing and converting ancillary equipment used to produce flexible packaging into Pregis Films’ separate 70,000 square foot converting facility. To support the increase in output, upgraded analytical testing equipment will be used to help customers meet their specific material performance requirements.
Pregis is also investing in storage silos and resin handling for anticipated future capacity needs. The Grand Rapids facility currently has 80 employees, and 50 more will be added when the equipment is operational.
Pregis LLC is a leading provider of innovative protective packaging materials and systems. The company offers solutions for a wide variety of consumer and industrial market segments including food, beverage, healthcare, medical devices, agricultural, e-commerce, retail, automotive, furniture, electronics, construction and military/aerospace. For more information: www.pregis.com.