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BW Flexible Systems hosts ribbon-cutting event to unveil new Minnesota facility

By Barry-Wehmiller   


Manufacturing location in Brooklyn Park will develop innovative packaging machinery for consumer, pet-food, agricultural and industrial-product companies around the world

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. — May 23, 2023 — BW Flexible Systems, BW Packaging’s global manufacturer of flexible-packaging machinery, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour for customers and media members at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at its new Brooklyn Park manufacturing facility. The site, located at 9360 West Broadway Ave., Suite 100, was designed to be a vibrant workplace, research and development centre and innovative manufacturing facility for the company’s Minnesota-based packaging brands, Thiele, SYMACH and Streamfeeder.

“The Minneapolis area has been home to our Thiele team for decades, and as we continue to grow, we wanted to invest in a facility that meets our space and efficiency needs, while reflecting the pride we have in our team, our community and the customers we serve,” said Douglas McGraw, President of BW Flexible Systems. “The machines produced by our Minnesota-based team are recognized worldwide for providing the very best packaging solutions for pet food, animal feed, seeds and grains, and other products.”

Previously operating out of another facility in Minneapolis, BW Flexible Systems’ 135-plus local team members have moved to the company’s new Brooklyn Park site, which is located next to the global headquarters for Accraply, a sister company to BW Flexible Systems and BW Packaging’s labeling- and sleeving-solutions division.

“Our new facility was built in alignment with our vision, ‘People Who Care, Flexible Solutions That Perform,’” said Nikki Benson, Site Leader of BW Flexible Systems’ Brooklyn Park location. “It’s more than just words. When team members and customers walk through these doors, we want them to feel that they’re a part of our culture of care. Operationally, we put considerable thought into the facility’s flow of materials and information, enabling us to produce higher performing products for our customers in the most time- and cost-efficient manner possible.”

BW Flexible Systems’ event on May 30 will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by remarks from Barry-Wehmiller President Kyle Chapman, Benson and a representative from the city of Brooklyn Park. Afterward, customers and media members will be given a walking tour of the facility. The event will conclude around 1:40 p.m. with a reception, during which Chapman, McGraw, Benson and BW Flexible Systems Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Innovation Denning Saum will be available for interviews.

BW Flexible Systems creates flexible-packaging solutions by bringing together some of the industry’s most trusted and
innovative brands, including Hayssen, Thiele, Rose Forgrove, Sandiacre, Schib, Simionato, SYMACH, Streamfeeder and others.
Its range of machinery options includes form-fill-seal packaging, horizontal flow-wrapping, bag filling and palletizing, and
more. BW Flexible Systems is one of several Barry-Wehmiller companies represented in BW Packaging, which brings together
the collective packaging capabilities of Accraply, BW Flexible Systems, BW Integrated Systems, Pneumatic Scale Angelus and


BW Flexible Systems is a global manufacturer of packaging systems that fill and bag thousands of food and non-food products. Our packaging systems are designed and manufactured to maximize the efficiency and lifetime value of our customers’ packaging lines. Our range of machinery includes form-fill-seal, feeding, bag filling and sealing, pouch-making equipment, flow-wrap, reclosable packaging solutions, palletizing, stretch-wrapping and more. For more about BW Flexible Systems, a Barry-Wehmiller Packaging company, go to


Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of highly engineered capital equipment and consulting services for a wide variety of industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $3.5 billion organization with more than 12,000 team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. To learn more, go to


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