Envases Group plans to open its first aluminum beverage can production and distribution center in Waco, Texas. The completed facility will be located in Texas Central Park, a master-planned business center, and will have more than 450,000 sq ft of production and distribution space.
“Our decision to establish this plant in Waco is the result of an extensive and thoughtful review process,” said Javier Pietrini, vice president of the Aluminum Division of Envases. “Waco is an ideal location for Envases from a logistical perspective as a procurement point, from a quality standpoint due to the highly qualified workforce, and from an accessibility perspective for our clients.”
Envases Group is a worldwide supplier of packaging solutions, with three main divisions: PET, Aluminum, and Food and Industrial packaging. Founded in 1993, the company has facilities in four continents, owning and operating 56 plants, three sales offices and seven distribution centers in Mexico, the U.S., Central and South America, Europe, and Asia.
After an extensive site selection process, Envases selected Waco for the site of its new can facility due to its central U.S. location, robust manufacturing workforce, and extensive higher education resources to nourish a long-term talent pipeline. The operation will focus on aluminum beverage containers commonly used for soft drinks, beers, energy drinks, teas, and non-carbonated beverages — with raw materials for can production to be mostly supplied from within the U.S.
The can manufacturing project represents a regional economic development collaboration between Envases, Waco, McLennan County, and the Waco Industrial Foundation. Waco and McLennan County have strategically partnered to provide incentives supporting the project. In addition, the Waco Industrial Foundation is providing support regarding the land necessary to sustain the Envases operation.
The Waco project represents a sizable, first phase investment that allows the company to bring in its first production line to service the U.S. market. This will create over 120 new, skilled, full-time production jobs, more than 300 indirect jobs (maintenances activities, supplies, distribution of the products, etc.), and more than 250 jobs in the construction of the facility.
“The City of Waco is pleased to support the investment and location of a new manufacturing facility by Envases, a world-wide recognized leader in their industry, and we look forward to their construction and operation in Waco,” said Mayor Dillon Meek, City of Waco. “The addition of 120 full-time quality jobs and more than $100 million in capital investment will be beneficial for our community for years to come. Businesses like Envases opening new facilities in Waco bring the promise of a bright future for our local economy and the opportunity of financial security for our citizens.”
The new beverage can facility is planned to open in late 2021.