Huhtamaki Continues Foodservice Expansion with Acquisition of Ample Industries
Huhtamaki to Also Launch New North American Paper Drink Cup and Pressed Paperboard Plate Businesses
DE SOTO, Kan., Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Huhtamaki, a global leader in foodservice and paperboard packaging, today announced it has acquired the business and assets of Ample Industries, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of folding paperboard cartons for the foodservice industry.
Ample Industries, Inc. employs approximately 230 people in its Franklin, OH plant and adds to Huhtamaki North America a new product technology, a talented workforce and additional manufacturing presence in the Midwest.
"Ample Industries' nested trays, fry cartons and clamshells further expand Huhtamaki's product portfolio of tableware, cups, containers, carriers, and serviceware," says Clay Dunn, president, Huhtamaki North America.
"We're excited to join Huhtamaki," says Bob Fairchild, president of Ample Industries, Inc. "Our state-of-the-art N-line machinery and high quality foodservice cartons now have the backing of a global company with a broad product range, strong management and financial stability. Today is a good day for our customers and employees."
Huhtamaki also announced today plans to expand capacity in the paper drink cup and pressed paperboard plate businesses for foodservice and retail customers in North America.
"The expansion of our shaped paperboard capacity builds on our global paper drink cup business and substantial North American paperboard assets and expertise," says Dunn. "We believe two folding carton acquisitions in three months and the expansion into cups and plates demonstrates Huhtamaki's commitment to foodservice customers and to growth in North America."
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 3,500 people in 14 manufacturing units. The parent company, Huhtamäki Oyj, has its head office in Espoo, Finland and its shares are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. Additional information is available at www.huhtamaki.com.
About Ample Industries
Ample Industries, Inc. specializes in the manufacture of nested folding cartons including food trays, fry cartons, and various hinged clamshells for sandwiches, hot dogs, pizzas, breadsticks and carryout dinners for the foodservice market. Ample uses unique, state-of-the-art, N-line process machinery that handles printing, die-cutting, electronic gluing and forming in a continuous production operation. The company is located in Franklin, OH. Additional information is available at www.ampleindustries.com.
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