Huhtamaki North America, a leading manufacturer of packaging for consumer goods, retail, and foodservice markets, announced plans for the expansion of their Hammond, IN facility. The expansion will add capacity for their molded fiber products.
The company expects a capital investment of nearly $100 million and will result in the creation of approximately 100 jobs. The investment and construction will add roughly 250,000 square feet to the facility.
“This is an investment made to serve our customers in the consumer goods and retail markets with some of our core products,” Ann O’Hara, President, Huhtamaki North America, said. “The addition to our Hammond, Indiana facility will expand our capacity, building on the success of earlier expansions, and leveraging our global expertise in molded fiber. The facility will not only grow the quantities we can produce, but also improve our distribution throughout the region.”
“The City of Hammond is very excited about the expansion of one of our core companies in Hammond,” said Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. “We worked hard with Huhtamaki’s team to keep them here and will continue to assist them as they grow into an even stronger facility. We are thrilled with their re-investment in Hammond, their growth of jobs and their continued commitment to Hammond.”
This project follows significant and successful expansions for Huhtamaki’s North America including a 900,000 square foot facility in Batavia, Ohio in 2013 and a 700,000 square foot building in Goodyear, Ariz. Production began in Goodyear, Ariz. in 2017. The company purchased and renovated existing structures in both cases. The Hammond construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2022.
“The design of this new facility will provide the capability to build another world-class asset,” Rich Blastic, Hammond Plant Manager, said. “We plan to continue on our path of building 21 st century work environments that are good for our customers, employees and communities. We are very excited for this project and looking forward to the growth it will create for our company.”
Huhtamaki is a key global provider of sustainable packaging solutions for consumers around the world, enabling wellbeing and convenience. Our innovative products protect on-the-go and on- the-shelf food and beverages, ensuring hygiene and safety, and help prevent food waste. Within North America, Huhtamaki is a leading manufacturer of foodservice and consumer goods packaging, as well as retail tableware, cups, folding cartons, containers, carriers, trays and service ware, including Chinet®, the leading brand of premium tableware.
We embed sustainability in everything we do. We are committed to achieving carbon neutral production and designing all our products to be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030. We are a participant in the UN Global Compact and EcoVadis has awarded Huhtamaki with the Gold medal for performance in sustainability. To play our part in managing climate change, we have set science-based targets that have been approved and validated by the Science Based Targets initiative.
With 100 years of history and a strong Nordic heritage we operate in 36 countries and 84 sites around the world. Our values Care Dare Deliver guide our decisions and help our team of 19,400 employees make a difference where it matters. Our 2021 net sales totalled EUR 3.6 billion.
Huhtamaki Group is headquartered in Espoo, Finland and our parent company, Huhtamäki Oyj, is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. Find out more about how we are protecting food, people and the planet on www.huhtamaki.com.