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SEP 2018

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In fewer than 10 years, Accredo Packaging has developed innovative packaging solutions—including the first-ever all-PE barrier standup pouch—while maintaining its commitment to being 'green.' In fewer than 10 years, Accredo Packaging has become a force in sophisticated films for high-end pack- aging, fueled by a business strategy whose structure from the time it filled its first order in June 2009 has been built on a foundation of innovation, integration, and sustainability. With sales increasing at a clip of a 20% a year, the company ( has already outgrown its 350,000 ft 2 plant in Sugar Land, Tex., and is building an additional 200,000 ft 2 plant on its 32-acre campus that it expects to occupy next year. When all is said and done, the flexible packaging producer expects to employ more than 500 people in a 24:7 operation that combines high-end film processing—every structure is multi-layer, with capabilities up to 9-layer—with sophisticated printing, laminating, bag- and pouch-making technologies. The Accredo model is patterned after its sister company, Advanced Polybag Inc. (API), which for more than 30 years has been making grocery sacks in four plants in the U.S. and one in Thailand. Whereas most commodity film processors that venture into high-end packaging take the acquisition route, Accredo was started from the ground up. States Rex Varn, the firm's executive v.p., "The ownership diversified into the high-end packaging business because it saw growth in the grocery-sack market Accredo runs W&H blown film lines to produce films in three-, five- and nine-layer configurations. Photos: Adrian Arroyos Accredo's Credo: Designed for Sustainability, Built for Success 50 SEPTEMBER 2018 Plastics Technology By Jim Callari Editorial Director On-Site Accredo Packaging • Sugar Land, Tex.

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