August 27, 2018
Freund Container & Supply division takes on more space to accommodate more inventory, capabilities, and teammates across all functions
Berlin Packaging, the world’s leading supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures, continues to add to its 6+ million-square-feet of warehouse space with the opening of a new facility in Lockport, Illinois, for Freund Container & Supply, its division focused on convenience quantities of packaging and industrial supplies.
The state-of-the-art, newly-constructed 305,000-square-foot warehouse expands total space available for the division, while continuing to ensure the same operational excellence and exceptional service, including a 98 percent same day ship rate.
Strengthens Berlin Packaging Offering Overall
Freund Container & Supply – through its leading FreundContainer.com e-commerce platform and traditional catalog and sales channels – provides an unparalleled user experience for the packaging industry with fast, efficient customer service to companies both large and small, and serves as a key tenant of Berlin Packaging’s one-stop shop approach.
Valued at $2.6 billion with more than 100 sales and warehouse locations across North America and Europe, Berlin Packaging works with companies of all sizes across all industries including food, beverage, wine, spirits, beer, personal care, household care, pharmaceuticals, and cannabis.
Improved Technology to Drive Supply Chain Excellence
Already with more than 10,000 in-stock items, the additional square footage allows Freund to expand its product offering to serve additional market segments and fulfill even more orders in an efficient manner.
Reliable inventory management is a cornerstone of what Freund Container and Berlin Packaging bring to its customers. Equipped with innovative technological solutions, the Lockport facility increases speed and improves productivity at the warehouse, allowing customers to benefit from supply chain smoothness.
Midwest Stronghold Key to Low-Cost Solutions
Conveniently located near I-80, I-55 and other major Midwest transportation hubs, the new location allows for cost-effective delivery as transportation rates continue to climb and capacity tightens. With a growing team committed to finding ways to help their 40,000+ customers improve their bottom lines, Freund Container builds on its strength of shipping case, pallet, and truckload quantities of packaging.
Freund Container also operates dedicated warehouses in Nevada and Georgia, in addition to working with Berlin’s coast-to-coast North American network.
“Our investments in facilities, inventory, and our people show our commitment to be the preeminent packaging partner for customers of all needs – from convenience quantities to truckloads,” said Chris Hiller, Vice President & General Manager. “We strive to deliver thrilling service with every interaction, and our new Freund Container warehouse provides the additional space and technology to further this mission.”