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Packaging: Ice River Springs adds cap molding, recycling

Chicago—Water bottler Ice River Springs (Feversham, ON) continues its vertical integration, with plans to add injection molding of closures and in-plant recycling in the next year. Sandy Gott, VP of corporate affairs, who runs the business with her husband, announced the plans during Pack Expo (Nov. 9-13; McCormick Place; Chicago). Ice River Springs’ main plant, which covers 600,000 sq ft, will add cap molding with a Husky machine in January, and in-plant polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling with a Krones system next year.

Gott said Ice River Springs, which is the largest private bottler in Canada, was the first bottler in that country to start captive injection molding of preforms. In addition to vertical integration, the company has a strong emphasis on sustainability (and material savings), taking its water bottles from 16.8g in 2003 to 9.8g this year, adding the aforementioned Krones technology, applying geothermal chilling, and planting 14,000 trees in 2008, among other measures.—[email protected]

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