Blow molding equipment maker Amsler Equipment Inc. in Canada is essentially closed as part of a restructuring plan of New York-based Benpac Holding Inc., and the remaining employees have been advised to find new work. Meanwhile, businesses in Europe that are part of Swiss-based Benpac Holding AG are in liquidation.
Both holding companies are part of Stans, Switzerland-based Benpac Group, which is now focused on establishing country-specific companies that offer an entire portfolio of packaging solutions in North America, Europe and Asia.
North American businesses are operating as Benpac Packaging Canada Ltd., which is relocating from the closed Amsler site in Vaughn, Ontario, to a yet-to-be-named location, and Benpac Systems LLC, which is a production center in Johnstown, Pa., to make parts and controls and assemble machines. Benpac Packaging Canada will offer PET bottle blowing machines, metal packaging, blisters, thermoforming, paper-based packaging and medical parts, Benpac Group CEO Marco Corvi said in a Jan. 20 email.
Some Amsler employees could find work at Benpac Packaging Canada, which will also directly serve the control technology sector for Siemens and B&R PLC systems, Corvi said.
"At the moment we are trying to get an overview of the actual situation at Amsler, which is very difficult," Corvi said of the business founded in 1994 by Swiss immigrant Werner Amsler. "We have asked employees to look around for other employment, as we are completely restructuring our business in Canada and North America."
Amsler employees are considering their options. They started 2022 with New Year's wishes from Corvi for happiness and health as well as a request.
"We will probably not continue Amsler. Therefore, I ask you to reorient yourself regarding a job," Corvi told them in a Jan. 5 email.
The four-paragraph email also announced the departure of a one-time Benpac board member. Corvi told Amsler employees that the former official "is no longer in charge" and not to contact him.
Amsler employees have been concerned about the future of the company for a while. In November, they were locked out of their new location in Vaughn for nonpayment of rent to the recently bankrupted Niigon Machines Ltd., which Benpac had also considered acquiring.
Corvi said Niigon billed Amsler about C$150,000 (US$119,619) for use of the space about 10 days before Niigon declared bankruptcy.