ANN ARBOR, MICH. (Nov. 7, 10:15 a.m.) — Amcor Rigid Plastics USA Inc. will move by Nov. 1 into a new molding plant in Orlando, Fla., part of a $19.4 million investment in expanding its packaging supply operations to meet increased demand in the Southeast.
According to public records, the Ann Arbor-based packaging manufacturer passed up opportunities to expand operations in Montgomery County, Ala., and Chatham and Henry counties in Georgia in favor of moving from its existing 168,000-square-foot plant near the Florida Turnpike to a leased 500,000-square-foot facility within Airport International Park in Orlando.
In an Oct. 26 news release, Larry Weber, Amcor vice president and general manager of its North American beverage business, said the company had been in Orlando since 1979 and was happy to expand.
“Our colleagues in the current Orlando plant have done an outstanding job in an older facility. We look forward to moving into a modern, new facility,” Weber said.
Amcor officials would not provide details about the plant's capabilities.
Last summer, the company — a subsidiary of Melbourne, Australia-based Amcor Ltd. — received incentives from the state of Florida and the city of Orlando totaling $285,510 to keep the operation in Orlando.
“Industry goes where it's welcomed and stays where it's well cared for,” Rick Weddle, president and CEO of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, said in the release.
To get the funding, Amcor has agreed to retain 97 jobs in Orlando and create 29 positions by December 2012 as a result of the move to the larger plant. The average annual wage will be $47,388, which is 115 percent of the average wage in the Orlando metro area ($38,464), according to city documents related to the expansion project.
Amcor Rigid Plastics blow molds PET, polypropylene and high density polyethylene for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and personal- and home-care packaging at 39 plants.
Amcor ranks first among North American blow molders in Plastics News' most recent industry survey, with related sales estimated at $2.6 billion for its fiscal year ended June 30.