Hatboro, Pennsylvania based Acme Corrugated Box Co. Inc., a 103-year-old independent corrugated box manufacturer, has broken ground on a significant expansion of its existing 250,000-square-foot facility in Hatboro.
The multi-million dollar expansion includes an additional 80,000-square-feet of manufacturing space that will allow for a 50 percent increase in manufacturing capacity. The expansion will provide room for a new high-speed 110-inch corrugator, a WIP system distinct to the United States and the total automation of sheet transfer to converting machine centers.
“This expansion demonstrates our commitment to our overall growth and enhanced sophistication of the company,” said Bob Cohen, President of Acme Corrugated Box Co. “It will allow us to increase manufacturing capacity, further embrace innovation of new products and flute profiles, and have a greater ability to serve our customers.
“With the expansion, we are able to maintain our independent structure in a highly consolidated industry. This commitment to growth allows us to provide new job opportunities for our employees in our community, and to continue to be a main supplier of corrugated projects in the region,” said Cohen.
Construction on the expansion is expected to be completed sometime in the first quarter of 2022.
Visit acmebox.com for more information, including the company’s remarkable history and how its founder, Edward J. Cohen, started the business in 1918 by driving a horse-drawn wagon filled with scrap paper through the streets of Philadelphia. How Acme Corrugated Box Co. has grown to inhabit a 250,000-square-foot facility is a classic story of hard work, family commitment, and the American Dream.
Sheets Unlimited To Install Second
BW Papersystems Corrugator In WA
Renton, Washington based Sheets Unlimited, a supplier of corrugated sheets in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, has ordered a second corrugator for their Renton facility. The new 2.85m (112-inch) single wall machine will be installed in mid-2021.
With space in the existing facility at a premium, BW Papersystems was tasked to design a corrugator that would provide the highest possible output in an extremely short footprint. Following up on the success of similar space constrained projects, most recently a single wall corrugator in Denver, Colorado, the BW Papersystems Engineering team worked with Sheets Unlimited to determine the best location for the new machine. With an overall length of less than 75m (245-feet), the new machine will be rated at 350m per min (1,150 fpm), and will effectively double the capacity of the plant.
Sheets Unlimited has enjoyed a nearly 40-year relationship with BW Papersystems. This is the third complete corrugator in the past 25 years. “The addition of this machine can be seen as both a vote of confidence in the market, as well as a vote of confidence in BW Papersystems,” said Scott Younger, President of Sheets Unlimited. “We trust BWP to provide equipment and service to meet our growing demand, while also working within the constraints of our existing infrastructure.”
Krist Leland, Director of Manufacturing of SP Holdings, the parent company of Sheets Unlimited, said, “With our business expanding, we needed to react quickly with a solution that would prove its value for many years to come. BW Papersystems met the challenges of Covid-19 and came up with a machine that met our needs.”
BW Papersystems, part of Barry-Wehmiller, combines strong brands, innovative technologies and global experience in the corrugating and finishing, sheeting and packaging industries. Visit bwpapersystems.com.