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LIMA — ALPLA, which was founded in 1955 in a garage owned by Alwin Lehner in Hard, Austria, began operations in the United States in 2001. Lima is the 105th plant worldwide for the company.

The company is a manufacturer of blow molding plastics or bottles, with some of its largest customers being Coca Cola, L’Oreal, Unilever and Procter & Gamble, according to information on its website.

The first plant to open in the United States was in McDonough, Ga., which is the current site of its corporate office. Currently ALPLA has plants located in Houston, Texas; Iowa City, Iowa; Jefferson City, Mo.; as well as Lima. The company plans to open a plant in Cortland, N.Y. in October.

The plants in the United States employ more than 500 people, and globally the company employs more than 10,000 people.

Silgan Plastics

OTTAWA — Silgan Plastics, which has been in the plastic bottling industry for more than 50 years, is prepared for future growth.

Silgan CEO Tony Allott said in a news release the company has positioned itself “for future growth through the completion of several strategic closures acquisitions during the year, including expanding the geographic scope and scale of this global franchise with the acquisition of Portola Packaging Inc.”

Silgan Holdings Inc., with a plant in Ottawa, manufactures plastic caps, closures and containers and posted record net income per share for 2013.

The Stamford, Conn.-based company earned $185.4 million, or $2.87 per diluted share, on sales of $3.71 billion.

Net sales in the plastic container business totaled $647 million, up 5.3 percent from the previous year. Net sales for the closures business, which includes both plastics and metals, totaled $720.1 million, up 5.9 percent for the year. Metal container sales totaled $2.34 billion, up 2.1 percent.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $23.3 million, or 36 cents per diluted share, on sales of $864.8 million. That compares with net income of $29.4 million, or 42 cents per diluted share, on sales of $858.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, the company said.

Graham Packaging

MINSTER — Graham Packaging Co., which employs more than 8,200 people in 97 plants in 15 countries across North America, Europe, South America and Asia, designs, manufactures and sells custom blow-molded rigid plastic containers.

Graham Packaging provides blow-molded, rigid plastic containers made primarily from high density polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate, and polypropylene, resins, according to the Graham website.

“We deliver customized solutions that meet our customers’ needs for new designs, product performance requirements, cost management and sustainability,” the website says. “We work with the world’s largest consumer brands, helping them to shape and define the identity of their products. For them, custom packaging design is a critical component in their branding and their marketing efforts to differentiate their products to the consumers.”

Graham Packaging, controlled by the predecessors of the Graham family, was formed in the mid-1970s as a regional domestic custom plastic container supplier.

The company was formed under the name Sonoco Graham Co. on April 3, 1989, in Pennsylvania before changing its name to Graham Packaging Co. on March 28, 1991, and to Graham Packaging Holdings Co. on Feb. 2, 1998.

On Oct. 7, 2004, the company nearly doubled in size when it acquired the blow molded plastic container business of Owens-Illinois Inc.

On Dec. 10, 2009, Graham Packaging Company Inc. became the new name of the company.

On July 1, 2010, the company acquired China Roots Packaging, a plastic container manufacturing company located in Guangzhou, China. China Roots manufactures plastic containers and closures for food, health care, personal care and petrochemical products. Its customers include several global consumer product marketers. In 2009, China Roots’ sales were approximately $16.3 million.

On Sept. 23, 2010, the company acquired the Liquid Container Entities

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