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.
RMP’s facilities in California, Arizona and Mexico will bring the company’s total to more than 120 sites. The acquisition also increases our American green-collar workforce by 200 to more than 5100 – solidifying our position as Australia’s biggest employers of Americans.
“The agreement brings together two of the industry’s most innovative privately-owned businesses,” said Anthony. “It allows us to combine the strengths and values we each bring to the marketplace to better serve all of our customers across the U.S.”