Food packaging producer Par-Pak Ltd. is expanding at its three manufacturing sites.
At its headquarters in Brampton, Ontario, the firm has installed a new 40 million-pound PET extrusion line and will add six high-speed thermoforming machines by year's end.
In Houston, the company plans to move soon from its 60,000-square-foot plant to a newly purchased 95,000-square-foot facility nearby.
In Milton Keynes, England, Par-Pak has purchased a 54,000-square-foot warehouse.
In an Aug. 24 telephone interview, Glen Armstrong, the company's vice president of sales, said the expansion plan will cost the privately owned company about $20 million.
Par-Pak is reacting to marketplace trends that it, in part, helped create, he said.
“There's a real shift from [oriented polystyrene] to PET, especially in Canada,” Armstrong said.
Globally, Par-Pak has more than 100 thermoforming machines and 2,000 interchangeable thermoforming tools. It sales are about $150 million annually and the firm employs 650.