EXETER, CALIF. (March 21, 1:45 p.m. ET) — Peninsula Packaging Co. LLC is expanding operations in Yakima, Wash. just months after purchasing the agricultural thermoforming division of Packaging Plus LLC.
That acquisition, which took place in December, resulted in an initial 80,000-square-foot facility in Yakima as well as a manufacturing and warehouse facility in Hollister, Calif.
Now, the Exeter, Calif.-based company will move into a larger 180,000-square-foot facility previously occupied by Ace Hardware in Yakima. The expansion has a price tag of $20 million and will add 50 more to its current 50 employees in that facility through this year.
“We have some business in the Washington area that we have been manufacturing in California,” Ed Byrne, CEO of Peninsula said. “We put the new equipment in the new building and will start doing all our products for the Northwest in Yakima.”
That new equipment includes three large bed thermoformers and a PET extrusion line. The line will be up and running within four weeks with the rest of the facility ready to go in the next three months.
In addition to Yakima, Exeter and Hollister, Peninsula has a facility in Wilson, N.C., a distribution warehouse in Central Florida and contract manufacturing and distribution centers in Tijuana and Guadalajara, Mexico.
Peninsula serves the fresh produce and bakery industries. The company made an estimated $85 million in sales last year according to Plastics News' ranking of North American thermoformers.