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As published in Toledo Business Journal - February 1, 2017

Aerial view of Amcor Rigid Plastics’ Bellevue facility

Aerial view of Amcor Rigid Plastics’ Bellevue facility

Amcor Rigid Plastics plans $40M Bellevue expansion

Amcor Rigid Plastics, a large manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging for consumer products, is planning a major expansion of its Bellevue facility to meet increased demand for its Diversified Products packaging in the food, healthcare, beverage, and home and personal care markets. The company’s $40 million investment, which will nearly double the facility’s manufacturing and warehouse footprint, is supported by an economic development grant from JobsOhio through the assistance of the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP).

Amcor’s expansion of the 30-year-old facility will include an addition of 126,000 square feet of manufacturing space along with 85,000 square feet of warehouse space. The expanded footprint is expected to boost employment beyond the current 148-person workforce. Bellevue currently produces preforms along with injection blow molded and extrusion blow molded rigid plastic containers.

“During this strong period of growth for our business, we’re fortunate to be able to make this substantial investment at our Bellevue site,” said Ann O’Hara, vice president and general manager for Amcor’s Diversified Products business unit. “Our focus is to meet the expanded needs of our customers while also attracting new business.”

O’Hara added that northwest Ohio is a strategic geographic location for Amcor because it is home to many of its customers including brand owners and manufacturers in the food, healthcare, and consumer segments. In addition, O’Hara added that the expanded production capacity comes as manufacturers continue to convert from glass to plastic to support improvements in sustainability, safety, and product handling.

“Amcor’s expansion further demonstrates that northwest Ohio is a great place for business and enhances our region’s standing as a leader in the advanced manufacturing sector,” said Dean Monske, president and CEO of the RGP. “Along with JobsOhio, the RGP congratulates the City of Bellevue and commends Amcor for bringing new jobs and investment to the community.”

Aerial view of Amcor Rigid Plastics’ Bellevue facility

Aerial view of Amcor Rigid Plastics’ Bellevue facility

“The Bellevue City Economic Development Department has played a very proactive role in assisting Amcor with its $45 million expansion project,” said Steven C. Fuhr, City of Bellevue economic development director. “We have been working closely with Amcor corporate, their consultants, and their construction company to help move this project forward.

“The City of Bellevue recently implemented a city-wide community reinvestment area which has been highly beneficial to both Bellevue residents and industries,” Fuhr continued. “Amcor will receive a 15-year, 73% real estate tax exemption on their new construction costs. The City of Bellevue also implemented an income tax rebate program that mirrors what is offered by the State of Ohio. Companies that will be expanding their workforce will receive a payroll income tax rebate. Amcor will also receive a five-year, 50% income tax rebate on their new payroll. They will be hiring an additional 102 new employees and the payroll for these new employees will exceed $4 million. Amcor is a premier organization and they focus intently upon their employees. Their building expansions, new production line equipment, and new hires will greatly benefit the City of Bellevue and the entire region.”

The expansion project is already under way and completion is expected next summer.

Amcor has over 180 sites and 29,000 employees in over 40 countries, and offers a range of packaging related products and services including packaging for beverages, food, healthcare, personal and homecare, tobacco, and industrial applications, according to the company. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, Amcor consists of four business groups: flexible packaging, tobacco and specialty products, rigid plastics, and Amcor’s 47.9% share in AMVIG Holdings Limited, a company with plants across Asia that is principally involved in the manufacture of tobacco packaging.

 

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