CANPACK ALUMINUM CAN PRODUCTION AND CENTER OF EXCELLENCE TO ENTER UNITED STATES
Business Update | July 15, 2020
Blandon (Pennsylvania) and Krakow (Poland) (July 15, 2020) – The CANPACK Group, a global packaging manufacturer with its headquarters in Krakow, Poland, and GIORGI GLOBAL HOLDINGS, INC., based in Blandon, Pennsylvania, and owner of the CANPACK Group, jointly announce CANPACK’s acquisition of an industrial property in Olyphant, Pennsylvania. CANPACK will construct a state-of-the-art aluminum beverage can body and ends manufacturing plant, its first in the United States, as well as a North American Center of Excellence demonstrating CANPACK’s R&D and lithographic capabilities. This facility, which is estimated to be built and functional by the fourth quarter of 2021, and over time is anticipated to provide over 400 local jobs.
“Since we first invested in CANPACK over 30 years ago, it has grown from a single steel food can manufacturing site in Poland to a true multinational packaging manufacturer with nearly 8,000 employees and 28 manufacturing sites located in Europe, South America, India, the Middle East and Africa. We are extremely excited to bring CANPACK into the United States, the world’s largest aluminum beverage can market. Despite many attractive locations, we chose Pennsylvania not only because it’s my home and home for many of GIORGI GLOBAL HOLDINGS’ other agricultural and food packaging businesses but also because of the warm welcome we have received from Governor Wolf and the Governor’s Action Team, the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Department of Environmental Protection, Senator John Blake, Representative Kyle Mullins, the Lackawanna County Commissioners, the Borough of Olyphant and the Mid-Valley School District” said Peter Giorgi, President and CEO of Giorgi Global Holdings, Inc.
“For generations, the site of this development has been a source of income, employment and pride for thousands of Lackawanna County families. I am thrilled that CANPACK is bringing hundreds of much-needed and good-paying jobs back to our region and, specifically to this expansive industrial site in Olyphant,” said Sen. John Blake. “I applaud the Administration and the Governor’s Action Team for their work to attract CANPACK to our region and for again showing the value of public-private partnerships for our region, our residents and our economy.”
“CANPACK is a great company with a phenomenal growth platform and we are absolutely thrilled to be entering the US market where we will be better able to serve our global customers’ beverage can needs” noted Roberto Villaquiran, CANPACK’s CEO, adding: “Our customers are among the largest beverage producers in the world, and to truly be their partner, we need to be here, in the United States.”
“Sustainability and being a responsible corporate citizen that gives back to the local community are fundamental to CANPACK” remarked Villaquiran, adding: “Investing in the conversion of a brownfield site to a state-of-the-art aluminum can manufacturing facility and operations center which creates local jobs and benefits the community, while creating essential packaging products that can be recycled again and again is consistent with CANPACK’s focus on sustainability, being a responsible corporate citizen, and passionately serving the needs of our customers.”