Pratt Industries has made a major expansion into California with the acquisition of the Salinas-based food and agricultural packaging company, Robert Mann Packaging (RMP). Pratt paid $60 million for the privately-owned RMP group which has $150 million in annual sales and more than a dozen facilities in the western U.S. and Mexico, including a 350, 000 square-foot box-making plant in Salinas, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.
Company chairman and owner Anthony Pratt said the acquisition would also help integrate his American and Australian holdings. The paper converted into packaging by the new acquisition will come from his Meboune-based Visy Industries’ kraft paper mills in Tumut, NSW.
“This acquisition will see high quality Australian paper exports increase by a further 80, 000 tons per year to the West Coast, ” he said. “Another benefit is that this deal allows us to also introduce our lightweight paper technology to the agricultural produce community. We are the only company that can supply lightweight kraft paper so customers will now have access to packaging which uses less paper to produce a high performance box. That in turn makes our packaging more cost effective.”
Anthony said he wanted to continue to grow his West Coast operations to benefit his family’s Australian paper-making interests as well as those of his U.S. holdings.
“We believe we will eventually grow the California business to $1 billion – it’s the biggest fruit and vegetable market in the world, ” he said.