Printpack Inc.'s Rampart Packaging Division completed its $7 million, 12,000-square-foot expansion at its Williamsburg, Va., plant at the end of October.
The 150,000-square-foot plant, Printpack's only container plant, added a coextrusion line and a thermoformer. A company spokesman declined to reveal the total number of lines at the facility.
The expansion ``opens up new avenues of business we've not been able to pursue due to capacity constraints resulting from rapid growth over the past several years,'' Fred Crowe, Rampart vice president and general manager, said in a news release.
The plant specializes in coextruded barrier film and thermoformed containers from materials such as polypropylene, polystyrene, polyethylene and ethylene vinyl alcohol. Applications for the food, beverage and consumer markets include: thermoformed single-serve containers for applesauce, cheese and salsa; coextruded barrier roll stock used on form, fill and seal equipment; and thermoformed nonbarrier containers.
About 20 employees are being added to the staff of 120.
The Rampart division originally was founded in 1984 as a subsidiary of the Shell Oil Co., and more recently was part of James River Corp. Printpack bought James River's flexible packaging business in 1996.
The Williamsburg plant helped develop a technology that allows PP-based materials to be converted into containers for shelf-stable food products.
Printpack, headquartered in Atlanta, is a privately held flexible packaging company with annual sales near $1 billion.