Huhtamaki, a source of foodservice and paperboard packaging in De Soto, Kan., announced on Dec. 1 it has acquired the business and assets of Ample Industries Inc., a privately held manufacturer of folding paperboard cartons for the foodservice industry. Ample Industries employs approximately 230 people in its Franklin, Ohio, plant.
Clay Dunn, president of Huhtamaki North America, said Ample's nested trays, fry cartons and clamshells further expand Huhtamaki’s product portfolio of tableware, cups, containers, carriers and serviceware. The news is of particular importance to dairy processors who own or operate foodservice operations, like scoop shops or convenience stores.
Huhtamaki also announced plans to expand capacity in the paper drink cup and pressed paperboard plate businesses for foodservice and retail customers in North America.
“The expansion of our shaped paperboard capacity builds on our global paper drink cup business and substantial North American paperboard assets and expertise,” Dunn said in a statement. “We believe two folding carton acquisitions in three months and the expansion into cups and plates demonstrates Huhtamaki’s commitment to foodservice customers and to growth in North America.”