In January 2016, a Danish manufacturing company, Brodrene Hartmann, announced they would be launching their first ever U.S. location in Missouri under the name Hartmann US. Now, a year later, Hartmann US is ready to commence operations and bring innovation to egg cartons.
Understandably, most people do not often associate the terms innovation and egg cartons, however that is exactly the kind of perception Hartmann US is looking to change.
“With a new factory in Rolla, Missouri, we want to continue positive development,” said Ulrik Kolding Hartvig, CEO of Brodrene Hartmann. “By increasing production capacity and presence in North America, we will gain access to a larger share of the market and have a solid foundation for expanding the business.”
The 334,000 sq. ft. facility in Rolla, Missouri, will produce sustainably-made, molded-fiber egg cartons for the U.S. market. Cartons will be made of 100 percent recycled newspaper sourced from the Midwest and distributed nationally.
“The location of the facility in Central Missouri provides Hartmann with improved transportation access to customers across the country from the I-44 corridor,” said Gerry Lavis, President of Hartmann North America, “as well as intermodal rail connections in St. Louis and Kansas City, plus an excellent regional manufacturing workforce, and competitive business climate overall. The State of Missouri, the Missouri Partnership, and the City of Rolla were excellent partners in the location strategy and final decision-making process.”
The manufacturing process is highly automated using the newest technologies. This meant Hartmann US needed to find a workforce that was highly skilled. Since the early 2016 announcement, Hartmann US has worked to fill 50 job openings throughout the factory. This included bringing in a retired military officer from Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, as the plant manager.
Production is on track to begin in the next two months, and customers can expect to begin seeing the Missouri-made cartons in stores soon. It is estimated that the egg cartons will use 6,000 tons of recycled paper in 2017.
With more companies continuing to grow and thrive in the Missouri it is no wonder new businesses are looking to the Show-Me state for its strategic location, globally connected infrastructure, competitive business and labor costs, quality of life and highly skilled talent.
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