Egg carton manufacturer expanding to the U.S.
By Cindy Macdonald
Having boosted the utilization of its Canada egg carton manufacturing plant, Hartmann now is planning to invest US$30 million to establish a new facility in the U.S. Midwest.
Hartmann produces egg cartons in several South American and European locations, and at Brantford, Ont.
The new facility in the Midwest is expected to continue the company’s upward sales trend in North America. The U.S. expansion is part of the Danish company’s “Unpacking our potential” strategy, focusing on growth and efficiency.
“Our current activities in North America have contributed significantly to Hartmann’s growth and profitability in recent years, and with the new factory in the U.S. we want to ensure a continuation of the positive development. With increased production capacity and presence in both Canada and the U.S., we will gain access to a larger share of the market and have a solid foundation for expanding the business,” says CEO Ulrik Kolding Hartvig.
The U.S. plant will produce molded-fibre egg packaging and serve both existing and new customers in the North American market. The facility is expected to be operational in early 2017.
“We have been driving the development in the North American market for a number of years and have created positive results for customers, consumers and Hartmann. We now invest in expanding our strong position in order to exploit the growth in North America driven by conversion to moulded-fibre packaging as well as demographic developments,” says Hartvig.
The company is in talks with state and local authorities concerning the new facility.