While some of the new machines replaced older, less efficient equipment, Alpha will have a net gain of 12 machines and $35 million in additional capacity compared to where it started the year, it said. By Dec. 31, Alpha’s manufacturing footprint will include 180 machines operating at seven North American manufacturing sites and one plant in Europe.
According to Alpha’s president and chief executive officer Jeff Kellar, it is one of the few North American companies in the packaging industry that is reinvesting in new equipment and capacity. “We are working closely in partnership with key customers to invest in the technologies and blow molds that support their growth,” Kellar said. “With this additional capacity, we’ve increased our ability to serve our primary markets such as nutritional, pharmaceutical and personal care. We’ve also dramatically expanded the number of products we can offer to the food, household and automotive chemical segments. Our continued expansion reinforces our commitment to offer the best quality and speed to market with one of the largest portfolios of stock and custom bottles in the industry.”
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