Ampac to Relocate Pouching Facility
Ampac will be relocating its Chicago area pouching facility to a larger location approximately 10 miles west to Hanover Park, Illinois. This new facility will allow for a more efficient layout of the plant, as well as provide additional space for growth of Ampac’s pouching business.
The Elk Grove Village site has experienced steady growth over the past five years, which included one expansion to the building. Because there is no room for future expansion, the facility will be moved to the new location. After the move, the plant footprint will increase by approximately 50,000 square feet at the new site. The new location will be a state-of-the-art pouching facility specifically designed as a pouching-only operation.
The move will take place during the second and third quarter of 2011 and is slated to be completed by October 1. It is expected that all current employees will transfer with the move with minimal disruption to the business.
In addition to the move, the Hanover Park facility will include a new Totani BH-60DG-F (SG-6) Box Pouch® machine. This purchase is the third pouch format Ampac has added within the past twelve months to its line of Totani pouch machines that run E-Z ZIP®, including plow bottom and inserted stand-up pouch. The new machine provides Ampac with the first machine globally, that has two-up box pouch capability. Ampac can produce the E-Z ZIP format in a two-up format while all other standard press-to-close zipper box pouch machines run a one-up format.
The Totani Box Pouch machine can be used in a wide range of packaging applications, including food (such as candy and cereal), pharmaceuticals, household cleaning products, and other liquids, pet food, medical bags, pouches, and multi-pack pouch formats.