Amcor Rigid Plastics recently relocated from an existing 168,000 sq-ft plant near the Florida Turnpike to a new, leased 500,000 sq-ft facility within the Airport Industrial Park of Orlando, FL.
This $20 million expansion is for the production of hot- and cold-fill PET bottles for beverages such as sports drinks and orange juice, along with HDPE pharmaceutical containers. The new expanded facility will eliminate the need for three offsite warehousing sites.
Shelley Steele, Amcor communications director, told PlasticsToday that part of the reason for the timing of the move was that the other facility was "passed its prime." The company has operated as a bottle manufacturer in Orlando since 1979.
"The facility was pretty worn out and recognizing that we wanted to stay in the Orlando area, we made the decision to move into a larger facility," she said. "We're well located there to supply to some of our major customers as we have a large number of juice customers in that area."