PRESS RELEASE HUHTAMÄKI OYJ 8.6.2022 AT 4:00 PM EEST
As part of its global commitment to developing fiber solutions, Huhtamaki inaugurates its expanded molded fiber manufacturing capability in North America
The the expanded site represents a Investment of $100 million and builds on Huhtamaki’s 75-year presence at Hammond.
Huhtamaki, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sustainable packaging solutions, announced plans to expand its molded fiber products manufacturing facility in the town of Hammond, Indiana, as part of its investment in FiberSolutions. The investment, which is expected to start ramping up towards the end of 2023, will enable Huhtamaki to better serve its existing and new customers in North America with a wide range of sustainable, fully recyclable and compostable fiber-based packaging solutions. , made from 100% recycled North American raw materials.
“The investment in this new manufacturing capability, adjacent to our existing site in Hammond, represents our strong belief in the future development of the region and the continued success of our current and new customers. The expansion will introduce new sustainable fiber-based products such as egg cartons and cup holders – made on state-of-the-art machinery developed by Huhtamaki – to our portfolio in the region and increase production efficiency. Our expertise in key packaging technologies and our strong track record in sustainability positions us extremely well positioned to support our customers and achieve their sustainability programs and goals with innovative solutions,” said Charles Héaulmé, President and CEO. from the direction of Huhtamaki.
Amounting to a total investment of nearly $100 million, the expanded facility covers approximately 23,000 square meters and will be built adjacent to Huhtamaki’s existing Hammond manufacturing unit. Huhtamaki has operated in Hammond, Indiana since 1948 and currently has approximately 140 employees. It plans to employ an additional 100 new staff when fully operational.
“We have a 75 year history in the great community of Hammond. Our new investment builds on our existing technology expertise and will expand our manufacturing capacity, further leveraging the success of previous expansions of other Huhtamaki units in North America and leveraging our global expertise in molded fiber technology. This investment will allow us to better serve our customers in the growing North American consumer and retail markets,” said Ann O’Hara, President, North America.
“The Town of Hammond is very excited about the expansion of one of our key businesses to Hammond. We have worked hard with the Huhtamaki team to keep them here and will continue to support them as they become an even stronger facility. We are thrilled with their reinvestment in Hammond, their job growth, and their continued commitment to the city,” said Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr.
Huhtamaki currently employs approximately 4,400 people in 18 manufacturing units in North America – 17 in the United States and 1 in Mexico – and is an industry-leading manufacturer of packaging for consumer packaged goods, as well as tableware, cups, folding cartons, containers, carriers, trays and serving items for the food service industry and the retail market.
Earlier this year, Huhtamaki announced that its manufacturing site in Alf, Germany, is focusing plastics on smooth molded fiber products to meet growing demand for plastic-free alternatives for food packaging. The Alf unit plans to replace over 2,000 tonnes of plastic with fiber in 2022 and when fully operational the state-of-the-art automated manufacturing site will have the capacity to manufacture up to 3, 5 billion fiber products per year. This is the first large-scale production capacity in Europe.
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Huhtamaki is a key global provider of sustainable packaging solutions for consumers around the world. Our innovative products protect on-the-go and on-shelf food and drink, ensuring hygiene and safety, promoting accessibility and affordability and helping to prevent food waste. We embed sustainability in everything we do. We are committed to achieving carbon neutral production and designing all of our products to be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030.
We participate in the United Nations Global Compact and EcoVadis awarded Huhtamaki the Gold Medal for his sustainability performance. To play our part in managing climate change, we have set science-based targets that have been endorsed and validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative.
With 100 years of history and a strong Nordic heritage, we operate in 38 countries and 114 operating locations around the world. Our Care Dare Deliver values guide our decisions and help our team of 19,800 employees make a difference where it counts. Our 2021 turnover totaled 3.6 billion euros. The Huhtamaki Group is headquartered in Espoo, Finland and our parent company, Huhtamäki Oyjis listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. To learn more about how we protect food, people and the planet, visit www.huhtamaki.com.