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Brook & Whittle acquires Packstar Group

April 19, 2011

The acquired company specializes in the production of heat shrink packaging in the personal care, beverage and food sectors.

Brook & Whittle Ltd., a label converter based in North Branford, CT, USA, has acquired Packstar Group Inc., located in Amherst, NY, USA. Packstar offers a full range of services in the conversion of heat shrinkable packaging products. It currently 100 people and, like Brook & Whittle, serves blue chip clients in the personal care, beverage and food sectors, both in the US and in Canada. The company has pioneered the use of sustainable materials for shrink sleeve packaging, which is in demand by consumer packaged goods companies.

“With shrink sleeves demonstrating the highest growth rates of all label types, the acquisition of Packstar is the perfect fit for Brook & Whittle, enabling us to significantly extend our portfolio of promotional packaging and product labeling formats and to further extend our capacity to meet needs of our clients,” says Stephen Stewart, CEO of Brook & Whittle. “We are delighted to have such a talented group of professionals join the Brook & Whittle team.”

Established in 1997 by Andrew Sharp, Packstar operations are today directed by co-owner Frank Clesse. Both Sharp and Clesse will remain with the merged company. “Bringing together two innovative companies that are leaders in their respective fields offers exciting opportunities for future growth and some clear synergies,” Sharp says. “We are looking forward to working with our new partners.”

Through the acquisition, Brook &Whittle has also acquired a significant equity position in Bluepack LLC, a minority-owned label supplier. Helen Ma, the majority owner of Bluepack, says, “I am very excited by my new relationship with Brook & Whittle. Many of my customers have been asking me to broaden the range of labels I can supply, and this relationship will enable me to better meet their needs.”

Brook & Whittle, founded in 1996, has two facilities specializing in the manufacture of pressure sensitive labels and packaging for many of the nation’s leading brands. In addition to its factory and headquarters in North Branford, the company recently announced that it will open a new 75,000 square foot factory at Guilford, CT, to handle its high volume production work for the beverage market.

Stewart says that Brook & Whittle will continue to seek out opportunities to grow the business and will continue to invest in the people, technologies and infrastructure to meet the changing demands of its customer base.

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