LLFlex, a global leader in packaging materials and industrial laminates for the consumer packaging, building & construction, and wire & cable industries, has acquired the assets of Hampden Papers, a premium paper converter specializing in paper, foil, film, holographic and transfer metalized lamination, sheeting, and embossing.
The move unites the Hampden Papers legacy as an industry pioneer through five generations of family ownership with LLFlex’s rich heritage of over 100 years in the packaging industry. The combination creates one of the largest and most experienced suppliers of coated and laminated substrates for packaging in North America.
The acquisition comes as LLFLex begins production at its new 73,500-sq-ft fully integrated manufacturing facility in High Point, NC. With the ramp up of skilled labor, technical personnel, sophisticated equipment and optimized production layout, the plant will significantly expand LLFlex’s output capacity – and provide reassuring redundancy – for its two main business segments, Packaging and Industrial Laminates. The move also builds upon the consumer packaging capacity and capabilities already in place at LLFlex’s Louisville, KY, manufacturing facility.
The acquisition of Hampden Papers expands LLFlex’s footprint in a wide range of packaging niches, including various paper, film and foil-based packaging for food & beverage, premium laminated carton board for health & beauty products, and transfer-metalized paper and board for sustainable packaging solutions. Further benefiting customers, the combined capabilities of the two companies creates a broad product offering in several other diverse sectors in which paper-based materials are frequently laminated, coated or embossed including, tags, labels, tickets, cards, rigid boxes, gift wrap, envelopes, book jackets and decorative wallpaper.
Hampden Papers is located in Holyoke, MA, with LLFlex having locations in Louisville, as well as a newly constructed location in High Point that was opened in January and has been ramping up throughout the year. The new site is on schedule to be fully operational in early Q4 2020.