Hartmann North America, a leading manufacturer of molded fiber egg cartons, announced that their Hartmann US Rolla, Missouri, headquarters and advanced manufacturing facility is one of 14 companies being recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce. In his remarks, Assistant Secretary for Global Markets Ian Steff noted, “Hartmann’s utilization of intelligent manufacturing in the production of molded fiber egg cartons.”
Among the other recipients were Rolls-Royce Defense, Saab Aerospace, GKN Technologies, and MegaWatt Lasers.
“It is an absolute honor to be recognized amongst some of America’s most well-known organizations,” says Karl M. Broderick, President of Hartmann North America. “With our Rolla facility expansion underway, we continue to innovate in our operations and manufacturing practices and to be recognized next to some of the world leaders in intelligent manufacturing technology. This is a fantastic achievement for Hartmann and Hartmann Technology, the innovators and manufacturers of our equipment.”
Hartmann’s manufacturing process is highly automated using the newest technologies, including state-of-the-art moulded fiber technology platforms. Recycled paper is shredded, ground up and turned into a pulp slurry, poured and baked in carton molds in enormous ovens at 10 different temperatures in various stages that will cook-in hardness for stability and strength. The cartons are then printed or labeled with the necessary product information, inventoried, and shipped to customers across North America. The 350,000 sq. ft. facility in Rolla, Missouri, produces these sustainably-made, molded-fiber egg cartons for the U.S. market made from 100 percent recycled newspaper sourced from the Midwest and distributed nationally. The company recycles more than 50,000 tons of post-consumer paper per year at the Rolla facility.
“Hartmann US is an amazing and innovative company that we are proud to have headquartered in Missouri,” says Subash Alias, CEO at Missouri Partnership. “We were honored to work as part of the team that brought them to Missouri, and they have been an incredible addition to Missouri’s advanced manufacturing industry. This recognition is well deserved, and we are thrilled to celebrate with them.”
Hartmann North America manufactures and sells 20% of all egg cartons produced and sold in the US and Canada.
There are 3.6 billion egg cartons produced annually in North America and half of these are still plastic or polystyrene foam. Not only is Hartmann North America innovating in the way they’re producing moulded fibre egg cartons with intelligent manufacturing, but they also continue to produce a more environmentally sustainable product for their egg producers.