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Thu, 10/04/2007 - 2:55pm
By: The Citizen

Winpak Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for its Barrier Shrink Bag Plant

On September 18, Winpak Films Inc., a subsidiary of Winpak Ltd., held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new barrier shrink bag plant in Senoia, Georgia. Winpak Ltd. is a public company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Its major shareholder is Wihuri Oy of Helsinki, Finland.

Winpak Ltd. is a manufacturer and distributor of flexible packaging materials in North America. Since 2002, Winpak has invested close to $20 million in the Senoia facility to add the necessary equipment to produce barrier shrink bags. The recent additional investment established a facility to manufacture a key flexible packaging material for barrier shrink bags. Barrier shrink bags are used in both retail and institutional packaging of cheese, and fresh and processed meat.

Winpak’s commitment to barrier shrink bag technology is a multi-phased program. The first phase, just completed, includes a 25,000 square foot plant that houses extrusion, printing and bag making capabilities. Future plans call for additional production capacity. As the business grows, Winpak’s investments will provide for an estimated 70 new jobs for its Senoia facility.

Winpak’s Chairman, Antti Aarnio-Wihuri and Bruce Berry, President and CEO of Winpak Ltd., participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Winpak Board members, state government and local officials, as well as business leaders. Representing Asahi Kasei Chemical’s Suzuka plant general manager Osamu Mizukami took part in the opening event. Kevin Byers, President of Winpak Films, Inc. began the ceremony with a welcome statement, saying “this occasion is a direct result of joint efforts and the great contributions made by numerous people, many of whom are in attendance today.”

Since the project was approved by the Board of Directors in 2006, Winpak has constructed a new building, installed the necessary equipment, and started commercial production of barrier shrink bags.

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