Mid Oaks Investments LLC has integrated three of its food-service packaging companies into a new firm operating as D&W Fine Pack in Fountain Inn, S.C.
D&W President and CEO Joseph Lancia said the firms thermoformers Dispoz-o Products LLC of Fountain Inn, C&M Fine Pack Inc. of San Bernardino, Calif., and Wilkinson Industries Inc. of Omaha, Neb. consolidated their head offices at Dispoz-o headquarters. The move included relocating five senior managers.
The Fountain Inn location was best-suited to accommodate our senior management team and all of the support staff that will be required to continue the success of each of our brands, Lancia said in a Feb. 8 news release. In addition, the economic environment of South Carolina was a major factor in particular.
D&W officials said the headquarters consolidation will create 15 new sales, marketing, customer service and accounting positions, as well as 25 manufacturing jobs.
Mid Oaks of Buffalo Grove, Ill., in November bought C&M from food-packaging maker Chuo Kagaku Co. Ltd. of Kohnosu City, Japan, and Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Corp. Mid Oaks acquired Dispoz-o in May 2009, and it has owned Wilkinson since 2004.
Together the thermoformers have sales of more than $300 million, almost 2 million square feet of manufacturing and distribution space and employ about 1,200. Plants, including more than 160 production lines, operate out of Fountain Inn; San Bernadino; Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Fort Calhoun, Neb.; as well as distribution facilities in Los Angeles and Houston.
Dispoz-o makes disposable cutlery, straws, foam products and a biodegradable line called enviroware. Wilkinson's products include clear plastic containers, bowls and a polylactic acid-based line called NaturesPLAstics. C&M offerings include plastic plates, bowls, containers, trays, baskets and its eco-friendly C-Green line.
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