Countless Indianapolis businesses and companies worldwide rely on Berry Plastics Corp. for their packaging and plastic needs. The company offers more than 1000 plastic molds for containers, giving customers more options for creative marketing and packaging. More than seven million cups are manufactured daily by Berry Plastics Corp., and they specialize in pharmaceutical bottles that can be child-safe and arthritic-friendly.
With more than 60 manufacturing facilities worldwide, Berry Plastics Corp. has gained substantial clientele. Bayer, Advil, Herbal Essences and Hershey’s are just a few megacompanies that rely on this Indiana company for plastic and packaging needs. Many Indianapolis restaurants use plastic products from Berry Plastics Corp., including fast-food superpower Hardee’s.
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The history of the company begins in 1967 when Imperial Plastic opened in Evansville, Indiana. The name of the company changed in the early 1980s when it was purchased by Jack Berry Sr., a Florida businessman. He led the company through extensive expansion, beginning with a second manufacturing facility in Henderson, Nevada. Another contributor to the company’s massive expansion was the 1988 acquisition of an aerosol overcap manufacturer called Gilbert Plastics of New Brunswick, New Jersey. This caused a chain reaction in the industry, and several powerful acquisitions followed, including Mammoth Containers of Genpak Corporation, Sterling Products Inc., Tri-Plas Inc., Alpha Products division of Aladdin Industries Inc., Virginia Design Packaging Corporation, Container Industries Inc, Norwich Injection Moulders Ltd., PackerWare Corporation, Venture Packaging Inc., Knight Engineering and Plastics, Cardinal Packaging Inc., Ploy-Seal Corporation, Pescor Plastics, Mount Vernon Plastics Corporation, Landis Plastics Inc, and many others.
In 2006, Berry Plastics Corp. was bought by two investment groups, Apollo Management L.P. and Graham Partners Inc. Over time, the company has grown into an nationwide leader in the manufacturing of injection-molded plastic packaging, thermoformed products, flexible films & tapes and coatings.
In order to give back to local communities, Berry Plastics Corp. sponsors Earth Day events and Habitat for Humanity. Employees volunteer time and donate resources for these organizations. The company also takes part in Indianapolis education and other local school systems by partnering to promote educational programs for students.
Berry Plastics Corp. has taken special interest in the Green Movement, and ensuring environmental safety in manufacturing. All products made by the company are recyclable. Research and trials are also performed to assess new technologies in the plastic industry. A goal of BerryPlastics Corp. is to produce more sustainable plastics and to focus on the sustainability of existing plastics. That is why they process all types of resin covers for their products, including HDPE, PP, LDPE, LLDPE, PET and PS resins. They are also reviewing ways to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and find more renewable sources of energy.
Other environmental interests of the company involve a reduction of waste materials produced during the manufacturing process. Currently, Berry Plastics Corp. is revamping the way they dispose of trash. An initiative called the Lawrence Green Team researches ways to recycle more materials and clean up company waste. Soon this initiative could spread to all manufacturing locations.
In 2009, Berry Plastics Corp. announced a $150 million expansion plan. Over a seven year period, the company plans to invest in new facilities and equipment at the company headquarters in Evansville. Growth and expansion has been in constant motion for this business, and customers can only expect that to continue.
Berry Plastics Corp.
P.O. Box 959
Evansville, IN 47706