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August 2, 2018 – Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) has further expanded its solutions portfolio and design capabilities with the acquisition of AFP, Inc., a leading, privately held fabricator of foam, corrugated, molded pulp and wood packaging solutions.
February 24, 2017 AFP, Inc. acquired Springfield, MO's Engineered Packaging, Inc.'s (EPI) protective packaging division... please click on the image above for more information about our growth.
AFP, Inc. was featured in the July/August 2016 issue of Manufacturing Today. The write up is a great summation of AFP's founding and history, growth goals, environmental initiatives, and material neutral packaging design and manufacture.
Sealed Air Acquires AFP
CHARLOTTE, NC, AUGUST 2, 2018 - Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) has further expanded its solutions portfolio and design capabilities with the acquisition of AFP, Inc., a leading, privately held fabricator of foam, corrugated, molded pulp and wood packaging solutions. The sale closed August 1, 2018. Sealed Air will discuss the acquisition during its second quarter 2018 earnings conference call Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 10 a.m. ET.
AFP specializes in custom-engineered protective packaging for retail, e-commerce and direct shipping applications. Acquiring the company will allow Sealed Air to better position its fabricated foam innovations such as EcoPure, a sustainable solution made from plant-based resin. AFP generated $125 million in net sales in 2017 and operates six facilities across the U.S. with further presence in Asia and Mexico. Founded in 1978, it employs 260 and is headquartered in Pflugerville, Texas.
"With the acquisition of AFP, coupled with our 2017 acquisition of Fagerdala, Sealed Air will further expand its capability to provide fabricated designs directly to customers in markets such as electronics and transportation," said Kenneth P. Chrisman, President of Sealed Air's Product Care division. "Sealed Air will also continue to leverage its established network of strategic fabricator partners, which remains an integral part of the company's strategy to deliver custom high-performance, sustainable packaging solutions."About Sealed Air
Sealed Air Corporation is a knowledge-based company focused on packaging solutions that help our customers achieve their sustainability goals in the face of today's biggest social and environmental challenges. Our portfolio of widely recognized brands, including Cryovac® brand food packaging solutions and Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning, enable a safer and less wasteful food supply chain and protect valuable goods shipped around the world. Sealed Air generated $4.5 billion in sales in 2017 and has approximately 15,000 employees who serve customers in 122 countries. To learn more, visit sealedair.com.Website Information
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February 24, 2017 AFP, Inc. announces its acquisition of Springfield, MO's EPI protective packaging division.
February 24, 2017 AFP, Inc acquired Springfield, MO's Engineered Packaging, Inc.'s (EPI) protective packaging division. Over a 26 year period EPI, which is owned and lead by Mr. Jim Stout, successfully built a strong business in the custom engineered packaging space by creating a customer-centric culture. AFP will continue to stay aligned with Mr. Stout has he begins to explore his retirement.
As a result of the acquisition, AFP strengthens its ability to serve existing customers in the Midwest and is strategically positioned for growth.
Greg Peden Senior VP Emerging Business Development says, "AFP recognized strong relationships with customers and vendors, overlaps in core competencies, integration of technologies, and expansion of converting capabilities, in a new geography we were not currently serving."
EPI will continue to operate their Temperature Controlled Packaging Division and AFP will assume the protective packaging, distribution and returnable/consumable lines of business. AFP looks forward to serving product manufacturer's packaging needs and growing customer relationships in the greater Midwest.
Formed in 1978, Austin Foam Plastics (AFP) has been building world-class engineered packaging solutions for nearly 40 years. Initially created to meet packaging needs in Austin, Texas, the company today employs 224 employees in five facilities across the U.S. and earned revenues of over $100 million in each of the last five years.
Founded by K. E. Kurtz II, M. Dana Kelley, Richard Lane, J. Foy Couch and Ron Holley, AFP has taken a strategic approach to growth over the years. It opened plants in Dallas in 1991, Columbus, Ohio in 1998, and Pflugerville, Texas and LaVergne, Tenn. in 1999. AFP also opened a corrugated manufacturing facility in Austin as well as an El Paso location.
By 2003, Tim O’Hearn and K.E. Kurtz II had become the company’s sole owners. A decade later, the company created a China enterprise in 2013 with the goal of entering additional geographic locations and expanding its engineering capabilities in Taiwan.
Unfortunately, 2013 also saw O’Hearn pass suddenly in a car accident. His ownership interest was handed down to his three daughters. They have embraced their ownership and leadership roles, moving AFP forward with continued goals of growth and market leadership. The change in ownership status prompted AFP to pursue Women Owned Business Enterprise certification, allowing it to deliver direct Tier I diversity spend to its customers.