Officials: Only the sign will change

Published 2:14 am Saturday, September 3, 2011

A spokeswoman for a Finnish company that has acquired Paris Packaging said that local employees should expect no changes.

“There are 50 employees in Andalusia and all of the will be retained,” said Rochelle B. Stringer, assistant general counsel for Huhtamaki, Inc.

Huhtamaki is a global leader in foodservice and paperboard packaging.

Paris Packaging employs 300 people in plants located in Paris, Texas, Andalusia, and Hopk-insville, Ky. The acquisition adds to Huhtamaki North America a new product platform, a talented workforce and a stronger manufacturing presence in the South and Southeast, the company stated in a release.

“Paris Packaging’s high quality specialty folding cartons are an excellent addition to Huhtamaki’s product portfolio of tableware, cups, containers, carriers, trays and serviceware,” says Clay Dunn, president, Huhtamaki North America.

“This acquisition is the first step in our strategy to build on our paperboard converting expertise. It significantly expands our ability to serve foodservice customers and demonstrates our commitment to growth in North America.”

“Becoming part of Huhtamaki is a great opportunity for all of us at Paris Packaging,” said Bill Carver, president of Paris Packaging. “Joining a global packaging leader with their broad customer base and product offerings, effective management and financial stability is good for our customers, employees and the local communities in which our people live and work.”

Huhtamaki North America is a leading manufacturer of consumer goods packaging as well as tableware, cups, folding cartons, containers, carriers, trays and serviceware for the foodservice industry and retail markets. Its product portfolio includes Chinet®. Huhtamaki North America employs approximately 3,000 people in 13 manufacturing units. The parent company, Huhtamäki Oyj, has its head office in Espoo, Finland, and its shares are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.