Aluglass, formerly a public company with a plant in Canada and one in the US, was in receivership at the time of sale. According to Metro Label President Sandeep Lal, his company acquired the operating assets of Aluglass, including equipment and personnel in sales, customer service and quality assurance. At one time a large printer, Aluglass had utilized gravure and rollfed offset presses to produce glue-applied labels primarily for the beer industry.
The retention of many Aluglass customers, says Lal, “rounds out our existing product mix with a beer portfolio.” Metro-Jonergin, the company’s Montreal unit, produces glue-applied labels.
Gordon Graphics, prominent in the wine label sector, was acquired from the family of Gordon Lindstrom, the founder. A change in Lindstrom’s health led the family to decide to exit the business, Lal says.
Metropolis Label, a Metro Label division located in Napa, CA, USA, will absorb the business and most of Gordon Graphics’ employees, Lal says, and the Gordon plant will be closed in 2007.
Gordon Graphics has been in business for more than 25 years, mainly producing pressure sensitive and glue applied wine labels. Gordon Graphics has been in business since the late seventies. Lal notes that the acquisition has tripled the size of Metro’s California operation. Metro Label Group also has a division in Vancouver, BC, Canada.