USA – Packaging products manufacturer El Dorado Paper Bag Manufacturing has announced plans to close operations by the end of this year, reported the El Dorado News-Times.

The announcement comes two years after flexible packaging company ProAmpac acquired El Dorado Packaging.

The company specializes in manufacturing customized paper-based packaging and printing solutions for use in the retail and industrial markets.

At the time of acquisition, El Dorado was operating three plants across the US in the states of Arkansas, Minnesota and Nebraska.

ProAmPac did not provide additional details on the closure of these facilities but plans to support existing employees, numbering 85 to 100 people, at the plant.

The News-Times quoted a ProAmpac representative as saying: “As our business has continued to grow, we’ve recently looked at our capacity across the manufacturing network and determined that, geographically, we can better match our capacity to our customer base.

“We are confident this is the right choice for our business, as we will be better able to meet our partner and customer needs while ensuring more efficient use of our resources without interruption to production.

“We are thankful for the contribution and commitment of our El Dorado team, and will respectfully support them through this transition, including providing a severance package and career planning assistance, such as resume building, onsite job fairs and access to local workforce service providers.”

Meanwhile, El Dorado’s parent company, ProAmpac recently introduced its patent-pending, ProActive Recyclable R-2200D Easy-Peel Open Packaging.

According to the company, the R-2200D provides consumers with a hassle-free snacking experience through its exceptional, easy-peel, easy-to-open sealant technology.

ProAmpac’s Recyclable R-2200D Easy-Peel Open is a high-performance polyethylene-based recyclable film designed to replace laminated, non-recyclable structures used in snack packaging, such as BOPP/BOPP, BOPP/Met BOPP, PET/peelable PE and more.

ProAmpac’s chief commercial officer, Adam Grose, said: “This comprehensive range of packaging solutions empowers our customers to achieve their sustainable packaging goals.

“R-2200D, developed by ProAmpac’s material science team, seamlessly integrates with existing high-speed filling lines without impacting packing efficiencies.”

Meanwhile, in March, ProAmpac collaborated with FirstWave Innovations to offer short-run digital spouted pouches for aseptic filling.

According to ProAmpac, the new capability is suitable for market trials, product samples, trade shows, and launches. The available pouch sizes are 3.2oz, 4oz, and 8oz, said the packaging firm.

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