Accredo Expansion Brings 175 Jobs to Sugar Land

Accredo Packaging expansion to bring 175 jobs to Sugar Land

By Katherine Feser – Houston Chronicle
Published 11:59 am CDT, Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Accredo Packaging will expand its Sugar Land campus at 12682 Cardinal Meadow Drive by more than 200,000 square feet of warehouse and manufacturing space. KDW, a Houston-based design/build firm, is handling the project.

Accredo Packaging, a supplier of plastic film for the prepackaged food and consumer products markets, will expand its Sugar Land headquarters by nearly 60 percent. The expansion will bring 175 new jobs to the campus by next year.

The company, which opened the 32-acre campus at 12682 Cardinal Meadow Drive in 2009, has hired Houston-based design/build firm KDW to build more than 200,000 square feet of warehouse and manufacturing space for the latest expansion.

When complete in 2019, the facility will total nearly 550,000 square feet. A 175,000-square-foot expansion was completed 5 years ago.

“With the quality of the local work force in the area and proximity to major plastic resin suppliers, it made sense to expand our existing facility rather than invest in another part of the country,” Accredo executive vice president Rex Varn said in an announcement.

The expansion will enable the company to boost annual production of flexible film from 1.5 billion feet to 2 billion feet. Its products are used in snack foods, confectionery items, frozen foods and pet treats, paper towels and shrink wrap in bottled-water packaging.

Accredo will be positioned to meet a growing demand for flexible packaging, which extends the shelf life of products and costs less than rigid packaging such as glass bottles and cans, Varn said.

With the expansion, Accredo North America will employ about 525 workers.

“This expansion project is an example of strong development activity the city of Sugar Land is experiencing in all sectors, including industrial, commercial, and residential,” Mayor Joe Zimmerman said in the statement.

“We’ve achieved a sustainable, strong economy through an aggressive, focused economic development program that creates opportunities for new business investment and jobs,” Zimmerman said.

Accredo Packaging is part of the API group of companies, a family-owned and operated enterprise established in 1986.

I'M GREEN

I’m green PE is a plastic produced from sugarcane, a renewable raw material, while traditional PE uses fossil fuel sourced raw materials. For this reason, I’m green PE captures CO2 from the atmosphere during its production, helping to reduce greenhouse gases emissions. Additionally, suppliers must follow principles of sustainable development present in the “Responsible Ethanol Sourcing” developed and implemented by Braskem, which covers aspects such as respect for biodiversity and good environmental practices. I’m green PE retains the same properties, performance and application versatility of traditional PE and can be recycled within traditional PE recycling streams.

Source: Braskem USA
EPA GREEN POWER PARTNERSHIP
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Green Power Partnership (GPP) in 2001 to protect human health and the environment by increasing organizations’ voluntary green power use to advance the American market for green power and the development of those renewable electricity sources. The Green Power Partnership helps to achieve Clean Air Act requirements by reducing the pollution and the corresponding negative health and environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. The program provides a framework that includes credible usage benchmarks, market information, technical assistance, and public recognition to companies and other organizations that use green power. Partners commit to use green power for all, or a portion, of their annual electricity consumption.

For more information, please visit https://www.epa.gov/greenpower

OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP

Zero Pellet, Flake, and Powder Loss is a priority for the plastics industry—and a critical issue for our environment. Spilled pellets, flakes, and powder can make their ways can make their way into local waterways and ultimately estuaries and the ocean. This isn’t just an eyesore and a litter issue; pellets, flakes, and powder, if accidentally mistaken for food by birds or marine animals, could harm them. That’s why the industry is behind Zero Pellet, Flake, and Powder Loss—and it can only be achieved with your help. The OCS Program was created to help you protect the environment and keep it clean.

The campaign’s goal is to help every plastic resin handling operation implement good housekeeping and pellet, flake, and powder containment practices to work towards achieving zero pellet, flake, and powder loss, protecting the environment and saving valuable resources.

For more information, please visit https://www.opcleansweep.org/
CERTIFIED BIO-BASED

The USDA Certified Biobased Packaging label on a product certifies that the packaging contains third-party tested and verified biobased content. The purpose of this label is to make it easy for consumers to locate and compare biobased products for purchase.

The USDA has established minimum biobased content standards for many product categories. A product must meet or exceed the minimum biobased content percentage in its given category in order to qualify for certification. Products belonging in categories for which minimum biobased content requirements have not yet been established must contain at least 25% biobased content.

Biobased products are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials. These products provide an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products and include a diverse range of offerings such as lubricants, detergents, inks, fertilizers, and bioplastics. For the purposes of the BioPreferred program, biobased products do not include food, animal feed or biofuels.

For more information, please visit https://www.biopreferred.gov

HOW2RECYCLE
How2Recycle is a standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. It involves a coalition of forward thinking brands who want their packaging to be recycled and are empowering consumers through smart packaging labels. The label communicates the following details:
  • How to prep the material for recycling
  • For more information
  • How to recycle
  • Type of material
  • Packaging format
Source: https://how2recycle.info/
OCEANBOUND PLASTIC

Cleaner oceans start by preventing plastics from entering them in the first place. Being able to recycle that plastic is even better. That’s the concept driving OceanBound Plastics. 

We take material at-risk of becoming ocean pollution and turn it into a reliable plastic resin. Combining supply chain experience with technical expertise, we create a versatile product that can be used in virtually any application where HDPE is preferred. Every pound of OceanBound Plastic is potential pollution transformed into a recyclable resource.
Source: Envision Plastics

MINORITY OWNED

The National Minority Supplier Development Council advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. They work through the NMSDC Network to support and facilitate MBE integration into corporate and public-sector supply chains; build MBE capacity and capabilities through our programs and other education offerings; and facilitate MBE-to-MBE partnerships to meet the needs of their corporate members. They do this by matching our more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to their vast network of corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. Their corporate membership includes many of the largest public and privately-owned companies, as well healthcare companies, colleges and universities.

Source: https://nmsdc.org/about-nmsdc
WASTE REDUCTION

Our expanded gamut printing process eliminates all ink changes which results in up to 95% ink waste reduction, and up to 35% less ink and solvent usage.

Our state of the art extruders are capable of producing the thinnest, high-performance films and barriers that can also incorporate eco-resins such as renewable content or post-consumer recycled content.

We also have a closed loop recycling system in our US facility to recycle and reincorporate our waste into new packages.

All of these work to reduce our waste to landfill relative to conventional printing and extrusion processes.

WIND ENERGY

Accredo Packaging uses 100% wind electricity to power its Sugar Land, Texas Global headquarters and manufacturing facility. In 2013, we were recognized by the EPA for our leadership in green power with the Green Power Leadership Award.

Our sustainability goals include continued dedication to 100% Texas wind energy in our Texas operations through 2025.

LEED® CERTIFICATION
LEED projects earn points across nine basic areas that address key aspects of green buildings.
  1. Integrative process
  2. Location and transportation
  3. Sustainable sites
  4. Water efficiency
  5. Energy and atmosphere
  6. Materials and resources
  7. Indoor environmental quality
  8. Innovation
  9. Regional priority
Based on the number of points achieved, a project earns one of four LEED rating levels: LEED Certification Legend: 4 Levels
Source: http://leed.usgbc.org/leed.html

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