German packaging firm invests $15 million in North American plant

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German rigid plastic packaging firm Gizeh Verpackungen GmbH & Co KG is expanding in North America by opening a new plant in Brantford, Ontario. The company says it will invest about $15 million in the project through 2016.

"A branch of our own in North America is a logical step for Gizeh," says CEO Ralf Jung. "With a local presence, we want to be closer to our customers and, in the medium term, become a major player in the North American market."

The production area covers a 4,000 square meter site and employs 20 members of staff, going up to 50 by 2015.

Gizeh has, since 2011, supplied an increasing number of customers in Canada and the United States, said Jung.

The company says it chose the location because of its position at the heart of the Canadian food services industry, as well as its proximity to the U.S. border. It will supply the North American milk and will install a sleeve system in 2014.

The new plant is the company's first outside Europe. It already has plants in Germany, in Bergneustadt and in Elsterwerda, and in France, Poland and Switzerland.

The company makes thermoformed, injection molded and blow molded packaging.