Consolidated Container Co. LLC continues to show keen interest north of the border.
The Atlanta-based company is once again expanding in Canada through the acquisition of three bottle-making facilities.
The deal for Polybottle Group Ltd. and Humberline Packaging Inc. includes sites in Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton, Alberta.
Both Polybottle and Humberline had been owned by ABC Group Inc. of Toronto, CCC said.
Purchase of the facilities follows the CCC's acquisition of Deltapac Packaging of Montreal earlier this year.
"These companies have great leadership teams and a strong reputation of consistently providing quality products and excellent customer service. This acquisition is another step in CCC's North American growth strategy, in which we combine strategic asset acquisitions with new innovative products to better meet our customers' needs," CCC CEO Sean Fallmann said in a statement.
CCC said all of company's latest facilities will serve as the foundation for the launch of its Dura-Lite line of food, beverage and industrial packaging in Canada.
Dura-Lite uses 10 to 25 percent less plastic compared with traditional designs, the company said, without sacrificing performance.
CCC said it already has produced more than 300 million Dura-Lite bottles for customers in the United States, including several national beverage manufacturers. Sizes include gallon, half-gallon and quart sizes along with industrial round gallon sizes.
CCC acquired Deltapac, a maker of high density polyethylene bottles for specialty, chemical, cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical applications, in July. That deal followed CCC's purchase of Semopac Canada Inc. of Longueuil, Quebec, in 2016. Semopac makes 3- and 5-gallon polycarbonate containers for water coolers.
CCC has been owned by Lowes Corp. since April 2017 when Bain Capital Corp. cashed out of the investment in a $1.2 billion deal. Loews is a publicly traded company controlled by the Tisch family in New York.
When Loews initially purchased CCC, the firm indicated it liked the stability of the packaging industry. Loews also is known for its luxury hotel business and owns most of CNA Financial Corp., a publicly traded insurance company. The company, at one point, also owned Loews Theatres.
But this deal is about plastics packaging and only makes CCC a bigger player in that market. The newest Plastics News ranking of North American blow molders saw CCC move up to No. 6 on the list with estimated sales of $915 million.
Blow molding bottles was a small portion of ABC Group's business, which primarily consists of manufacturing automotive systems and components.
CCC made the acquisition through its Reid Canada Inc. subsidiary.