Huhtamaki sets up a manufacturing unit to serve west coast US

Finnish Huhtamaki has agreed to purchase a manufacturing facility to set up a new world class manufacturing and distribution unit in the United States. The facility is located in Goodyear, Arizona, and is set to service the southwest and west coast foodservice packaging and retail tableware markets. “This is a significant investment to further grow our foodservice business in the United States and to leverage our global paperboard packaging expertise,” said CEO Jukka Moisio.
The total investment including the site purchase and modifications, improvements in infrastructure, and machinery investments and installations is expected to exceed USD100 million. The majority of the investment will take place in 2016-2017. Huhtamaki will start using the 70,000m2 (750,000ft2) facility as a distribution center in early 2017 and manufacturing is scheduled to begin in late 2017. When fully operational, the unit is expected to employ approximately 300 employees and manufacture a full range of products including single wall paper cups, insulated paper hot cups, folding carton packaging, food containers, pressed paperboard plates and plastic cups and lids.
Huhtamaki is a global specialist in packaging for food and drink. With a network of 73 manufacturing units and 23 sales offices in 34 countries, it is well placed to support its customers’ growth wherever they operate. In 2015 its net sales totaled EUR2.7 billion. The Group has its head office in Espoo, Finland, and the parent company Huhtamäki Oyj is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.