Portola Packaging Closes Batavia Plant, Invests in 2 Other Facilities

February 11, 2013

Portola Packaging, Inc., Naperville, Ill., announced a $12 million capital expenditure investment for its Kingsport, Tenn., and Tolleson, Ariz., facilities. The investment Portola Pkg closuresis designed to accommodate growing market demand for its hot-fill and aseptic beverage closures and increased dairy business market share.

Some of the new capital improvements are already under way, with completion expected by the end of the third quarter. New investments are being made in additional high-speed compression and injection molding equipment and in existing production line upgrades. The investment will incur approximately 30 additional production employees.

“Our focus on lean manufacturing, reliability-centered maintenance and product rationalization has allowed us to increase unit throughput per employee by 43% over the past four years. After the additional capacity is fully operational, we expect to exceed a 75% improvement for the same metric,” says Kevin Kwilinski, president and CEO.

Meanwhile, Portola will begin tapering off production at its Batavia, Ill., plant in the middle of April. The facility is expected to be completely shut down no later than August.

“Our Batavia facility has been producing closures for Portola for the past 20 years. After extensive analysis and careful thought, we came to the conclusion that closing this facility and upgrading production at our other two plants was the best decision for our customers and company. We want to thank our loyal Batavia production workers for their years of service, and will be assisting them via outplacement services, so they can transition to their next place of employment,” Kwilinski says.

The Batavia facility also housed 15 corporate employees (engineering, quality, research and development). That staff will join the rest of the corporate employees in a new, larger corporate headquarters facility in the Naperville, Ill., area.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

OSI, 2014 Refrigerated Foods Processor of the Year

Find out how this global food provider secured a new supply chain global trading platform, opened a new culinary innovation center and continues to keep food safety top of mind.

Read cover story here.
Read plant story here.


What are some challenges your facilities face when it comes to snow, flooding, tornadoes, high winds, fluctuating temperatures and more?
View Results Poll Archive


Refrigerated and Frozen Foods Magazine


2014 March

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods' March 2014 issue features the 17th annual Top 150 Frozen Foods Processors report.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

The Refrigerated and Frozen Food Store

July 2013 Cold Packaging Materials Guide
Cold Packaging Materials Guide

A guide to cold packaging containers and materials.

More Products

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Delivers

RFF Infographic 133x133Click here to see a snapshot of the many different ways Refrigerated & Frozen Foods delivers business and technology solutions to cold chain professionals.

Buyer's Guide

Visit our Buyer's Guide!

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods offers a Cold Packaging Materials Guide, as well as a Cold Storage Warehouse Guide, the most comprehensive listing of cold storage warehouses.

Visit the Buyer's Guide page today!


facebook_2014 twitter_40px youtube_40pxlinkedin_40px