Packaging Firm Investing $100M

Packaging Firm Investing $100M

Huhtamaki North America, a leading manufacturer of packaging for consumer goods, retail, and foodservice markets, announced plans for the expansion of their Hammond, IN facility. The expansion will add capacity for their molded fiber products.

The company expects a capital investment of nearly $100 million and will result in the creation of approximately 100 jobs. The investment and construction will add roughly 250,000 square feet to the facility.

“This is an investment made to serve our customers in the consumer goods and retail markets with some of our core products,” Ann O’Hara, President, Huhtamaki North America, said. “The addition to our Hammond, Indiana facility will expand our capacity, building on the success of earlier expansions, and leveraging our global expertise in molded fiber. The facility will not only grow the quantities we can produce, but also improve our distribution throughout the region.”

“The City of Hammond is very excited about the expansion of one of our core companies in Hammond,” said Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. “We worked hard with Huhtamaki’s team to keep them here and will continue to assist them as they grow into an even stronger facility. We are thrilled with their re-investment in Hammond, their growth of jobs and their continued commitment to Hammond.”

This project follows significant and successful expansions for Huhtamaki’s North America including a 900,000 square foot facility in Batavia, Ohio in 2013 and a 700,000 square foot building in Goodyear, Ariz. Production began in Goodyear, Ariz. in 2017. The company purchased and renovated existing structures in both cases. The Hammond construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2022.

“The design of this new facility will provide the capability to build another world-class asset,” Rich Blastic, Hammond Plant Manager, said. “We plan to continue on our path of building 21st century work environments that are good for our customers, employees and communities. We are very excited for this project and looking forward to the growth it will create for our company.”

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