Canadian Packaging

Beverage carton manufacturer closes facility

Graphic Packaging International to close its Cincinnati plant.


April 20, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Marietta, GA-based Graphic Packaging International, Inc. (GPI), a subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Company has announced it will close its beverage carton facility in Cincinnati, OH.

The closure of the Cincinnati beverage facility, which will be completed on or about Aug. 31, 2011, reflects the Company’s ongoing efforts to align its manufacturing footprint to the changing needs of its customers and to improve its cost structure and margins to better position it for future growth.

The Company will move business and equipment from Cincinnati to its operations in West Monroe, LA., and Perry, GA.

“While the closing of the Cincinnati facility was a difficult decision, it was a necessary step in our ongoing efforts to align our manufacturing footprint to the changing needs of the market,” explains company president and chief executive officer David Scheible. “This plan includes an expansion to the Perry site and will further capitalize on Perry and West Monroe’s close proximity to the Macon and West Monroe mills, respectively.”

The Cincinnati beverage carton facility will continue to operate and support customers while its business is transitioned to the Perry and West Monroe facilities over the next four months. The company has notified its Cincinnati employees and will provide the appropriate assistance to those affected. As well, GPI continues to work closely with its customers to ensure a smooth transition of business.

About Graphic Packaging International, Inc.

Graphic Packaging International, Inc., a subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Company, headquartered in Marietta, Ga., is a leading provider of paperboard packaging solutions for a wide variety of products to food, beverage and other consumer products companies. The company is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and holds a leading market position in coated-recycled boxboard and specialty bag packaging. More company information may be found at www.graphicpkg.com.