The Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC), charged with promoting and enhancing quality of life in Greenville County by facilitating job growth and investment, today announced that ORBIS® Corporation, an international leader in reusable packaging, has expanded its metal rack fabrication capabilities and relocated into a larger facility in Greenville County, South Carolina. Investment and job additions were not disclosed by the closely held organization.
ORBIS, part of one of the oldest family-owned manufacturers in the United States, operates 13 manufacturing plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico. ORBIS Corporation is headquartered in Oconomowoc, Wis. and has more than 2,700 employees throughout North America and Europe.
“We are pleased to be part of the Greenville County business community, and our expanding presence in Piedmont offers more space and positions us near our southeastern U.S. customers. We strategically selected this region to provide high service levels to customers and to attract local talent,” stated Bill Ash, president of ORBIS Corporation.
With more than 170 years of material handling and packaging expertise, ORBIS helps world-class customers move their product faster, safer and more cost-effectively with reusable totes, pallets, containers, dunnage and racks. Using a proprietary approach, ORBIS employees analyze their customers’ systems, design a solution, and execute a reusable packaging program for longer-term cost savings and sustainability.
At its new and expansive location, located at 1700 Old Grove Road in Piedmont, ORBIS manufactures metal racks that are primarily used to transport large parts and components in automotive and heavy industrial supply chain applications. The racks are custom designed to meet the unique needs of each ORBIS customer.
“As one of America’s oldest family-owned manufacturers, Greenville County welcomes this expansion by ORBIS Corporation, and its deepening commitment to our community,” said Greenville County Council Chairman and Greenville Area Development Corporation Board Member H.G. "Butch" Kirven. “Their emphasis on sustainability and being good community leaders fits well in Greenville County, and we wish them continued success long into the future.”
Production began in January at the expanded facility which represents a space increase of approximately 65% for welding, assembly and storage. Additionally, ORBIS relocated some of its plastic and foam dunnage assembly operations to the larger space to improve product flow, assembly operations and increase storage.
Using life-cycle assessments to compare reusable and single-use packaging, ORBIS helps customers reduce their overall environmental impact. ORBIS is a part of Menasha Corporation, one of the oldest family-owned manufacturers in the United States, is strongly committed to sustainability in its activities and processes by tracking and measuring its resource utilization to continuously conserve natural resources and reduce waste. For additional information, or to apply for a new position, visit ORBIS online at www.orbiscorporation.com.
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