US contract manufacturer DrinkPak is building two new canning plants in Texas that are set to come on line in 2024.
The facilities near Fort Worth in North Texas, representing an investment of US$452 million, will cover almost 3 million sqft and provide up to 1,000 new jobs to the local economy.
One of the two plants, DP2, will focus on high-acid beverages with three high-speed canning lines, an automated variety repacking line and will fill alcoholic, non-alcoholic and water beverages. The other plant, DP3, will have three low-acid retort lines, an automated variety repacking line, and will fill milk and alternative milk-based beverages.
The company, which currently produces two billion canned products a year, provides full-service support for procurement, batching, processing, filling, packaging, warehousing, and distribution.
Although customers provide all raw materials, including cans which are mainly from Ball Corporation or Crown Holdings, there are plans to install an aluminium bottle manufacturing line at DP2.
DrinkPak’s website boasts the “widest variety of can sizes and pack formats in the world” and states that its quality control and quality assurance staff are “the top in the industry and are trusted by the largest brands in the world”.
Holly Schroeder, vice president of external affairs at DrinkPak, told The Canmaker the local authorities had been “incredible partners”. She said: “North Central Texas is centrally located allowing us to serve our customers’ distribution centres across the nation. In addition, with an extensive network of airports, seaports, and interstate highways, it’s a great location for international exports of goods.”
Local press reported that the City of Fort Worth passed a 10-year tax abatement of up to 70% of incremental real and business personal property, which is estimated to be worth at least $21m. However, the deal is linked to expected job numbers and salaries of at least $70,000 on average per year, according to press reports.
Earlier this year, DrinkPak expanded its California operations, adding a further 193,000 sqft to its Santa Clarita facility.
Schroeder put the company’s rapid growth down to the growing popularity of sustainable packaging and the acceptance of premium products being packaged in aluminium cans.
“This market shift and our unparalleled commitment to speed and format flexibility driven by technology have all contributed to our explosive growth,” she added.
Founders Nate Patena, chief executive, Jon Ballas, president, and Ben Rush, chief technology officer, created DrinkPak in 2020 and commissioned its first plant, DP1, in Santa Clarita, California, with production and warehousing covering 1.4 million sqft.