Prolamina Corporation, a leading North American packaging company that serves the food, medical and specialty markets, celebrated groundbreaking on a major renovation to its Westfield, Mass., manufacturing facility.
In addition to over 100 Prolamina employees, this celebration was attended by state and local officials such as state senator Donald Humason, state representative John Velis, Westfield city advancement officer Joe Mitchell, Westfield chamber of commerce executive director Kate Phelon, and many members of the Westfield City Council.
The event kicked off with words from Dave Hopkins, Prolamina president of U.S. operations. A presentation of an official citation from the mayor’s office followed, as well as recognition from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives. Concluding remarks were made by Prolamina CEO Gregory Tucker. The shovel ceremony concluded the formal events after which attendees enjoyed lunch and an ice cream sundae reception.
The Westfield facility produces flexible packaging solutions from the most basic to the most technologically advanced multi-layer packaging substrate. Westfield’s 250,000-square-foot manufacturing facility has been in operation for over 30 years. Although the building has seen improvements and renovations, until now, a refurbishment of this magnitude has never been done.
The build-out includes facility improvements, exterior and interior beautification and improved facility-wide technology and green initiatives. Infrastructure improvement projects include: adding additional administrative space, adding manufacturing space, roof repair/replacement, overall building maintenance and rehabilitation, air quality and flooring improvements, and the accommodation of new manufacturing equipment.
In the end, the improvements will make the Westfield facility a showpiece for Prolamina and provide significant aesthetic improvement to the gateway of downtown Westfield.
Prolamina’s Westfield facility employs over 250 people and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.