The exterior of ALPLA on
Rail Way in West Bend. The plastic packaging company
purchased the bottling manufacturing plant from Gehl
Foods in June.
John Ehlke/Conley News
WEST BEND - The
Gehl Foods Bottling operation on Rail Way in West Bend
was acquired by Alpla Inc., an Austrian-based company,
on June 1 for $5.4 million. This included the building,
assets and employees.
According to a
news release from Alpla, the facility, which was built
in 2007, is just over than 100,000 square feet and has
21 employees. The worldwide company with 17,300
employees and 160 locations expects to increase
production in West Bend.
is part of Alpla's growth strategy to gain access to key
geographies within the North American market," the Alpla
news release said.
the company expects to bring is in the technology at the
plant. The plant currently uses extrusion blow molding
and Alpla intends add injection stretch blow molding.
ISBM allows for
high volume production, reduces restrictions on bottle
design and can require more floor space. The company
describes itself as one of the leading companies in
currently produced at the facility are used for filling
in the food and dairy category, according to the
Both the city of
West Bend and Economic Development Washington County
worked with Alpla to facilitate the deal. Alpla has more
recently acquired facilities in Italy and South Africa.
Gehl Foods didn't
respond to a request for a comment on why the facility
was sold. In May the company went before the Germantown
Plan Commission to talk about the rezoning of land for
constructing 10 40-foot silos at their Main Street
The Gehl Foods
company was acquired by Wind Point Partners in March of
2015. At that time Eric Beringause was named the
president and CEO of the company.