Clear Lam Packaging Inc. is investing $2 million to create a co-packing facility and innovation center at the company's Elk Grove Village, Ill., manufacturing site.
The new 25,000-square-foot facility will support products using the company's PrimaPak system and employ 23 workers, the company said.
The site will focus on packaging for test markets, regional rollouts, seasonal items and ongoing national distribution, Clear Lam said.
The co-packing facility will include two production lines for dry, free-flowing products with a combined annual capacity of 20 million units. Additional lines could be added later.
“The introduction of our new Co-Packing Facility and Innovation Center is an exciting development for Clear Lam and for the advancement of our PrimaPak System,” said Clear Lam CEO James Sanfilippo in a statement. “We understand that many of our customers are looking for opportunities to streamline processes and improve efficiencies in their packing operations without taking on new staff or having to purchase new equipment.”
PrimaPak is designed as an alternative to containers such as rigid cans, bottles, jars and trays. The technology creates cubed, semi-rigid packaging from the company's proprietary rollstock. The packaging also has a reclosable feature.