The Australian packaging manufacturer, Amcor, has announced plans to invest more than US$25 million ($34.3 million) to upgrade its facility in Wisconsin, US, after the company acquired US company Bemis in early August.
According to a press release by Amcor, the new investment will go towards purchasing new machinery and updating the existing infrastructure to provide expanded service offerings to customers in the medical, pharmaceutical, food and home/personal care markets. The expansion plan is to start in 2018 and expected to complete in 2019.
“We are excited and proud to be growing in Wisconsin for our customers in North America, and to be investing in support of our winning teams and products,” Amcor Flexibles Americas president, Tom Cochran said.
Amcor and Neenah-based Bemis announced in early August an agreement for Amcor to acquire Bemis and combine the two companies. Bemis is more than 4,500 employees in Wisconsin.
According to Amcor Flexibles Madison general manager Timm Goodmanson, the expansion is expected to result in a close to 50 percent increase in employment at the plant.
In addition, Goodmanson said the project is also expected to bring more than 150 construction jobs to Madison spread across general contractors, subcontractors, and local and Wisconsin-based suppliers.
“We are looking for more great team members to help us achieve our tremendous potential,” said Goodmanson. “We’ve got a great workforce, made up of people who are committed to safety, believe in delivering excellence for our customers and have real opportunities to grow at Amcor.”
The Australian packaging giant employs more than 33,000 people across its 200 locations in 40-plus countries.