US – Southern Champion Tray (SCT), a leading manufacturer of paperboard packaging for the bakery and food service industry, has acquired Evergreen Packaging as part of efforts to strengthen its portfolio.

Under the terms of the deal, SCT has bought substantially all of Evergreen’s assets for an undisclosed amount.

Based in La Mirada, California, Evergreen provides packaging solutions for a wide range of markets, including bakery, deli, foodservice and wholesale.

The acquisition is intended to allow SCT to better serve its West Coast customers and expand its range of fiber-based products and packaging solutions.

SCT president Brian Hunt said: “This acquisition makes a lot of sense for SCT and Evergreen customers.

“With SCT’s expanded product offerings, a broader array of packaging options and a business model that focuses on great packaging and distinctive customer service, we are confident that the transaction will be positive for our customer partners.

“Similarly, the SCT team sees this as another opportunity to demonstrate that serving is a privilege.”

The acquisition comes two years after SCT acquired all the assets of Honeymoon Paper Products, a packaging company based in Fairfield, Ohio, in another territorial expansion for the business.

Honeymoon supplies packaging for the supermarket and retail bakery, deli, foodservice and wholesale sectors.

The acquisition of Honeymoon provided SCT with an additional manufacturing facility that is equipped to serve the bakery and food service industries.

More importantly, Southern Champion added a highly proficient team in Fairfield, which is accomplished and skilled in the production of corrugated circles/pads and take-out packaging for the deli and bakery industries

In addition to the acquisition growth, SCT is in the final stages of completing the construction of a 320,000-square-foot additional manufacturing facility to accompany the current expanded presence in Chattanooga, TN.

“This new site will be highly automated and employ an additional 156 new SCT team members for which we are actively recruiting,” says Hunt.

Southern Champion Tray invested US$84.9 million in the facility’s development in August 2020.

Since 1927, Southern Champion Tray has been manufacturing and distributing quality, sustainable bakery, food service, and catering paperboard and corrugated packaging.

Markets served include bakery, foodservice, frozen foods, supermarket, institutional, medical, pharmaceutical, personal care, cosmetic, retail, electronics, and more.

Upon completion of the transaction, Southern Champion Tray will maintain office, manufacturing and distribution facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Fairfield, Ohio and Mansfield, Texas.

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