Supply chain provider acquires packaging co.

ATLANTA — Coregistics, a packaging supply chain services company, has acquired Cano Packaging, a Chicago-area company that specializes in primary contract packaging services for food and confectionary manufacturers.

The combination of the two companies immediately establishes a Coregistics presence in Chicago, which increases the company's ability to support its diverse client base both geographically and through the acquisition of Cano's physical assets. Those assets include state-of-the-art high speed cartoning, vertical form/fill/seal, high-speed pouching and overwrapping equipment. 

The Cano team aligns with what Coregistics describes as its “packaging-centric" approach to supply chain solutions; therefore, the company anticipates a rapid and seamless integration.

"Capacity for food and confectionary packaging services like bagging and pouching is extremely limited in this country. Cano provides a 'mission critical' capability that food manufacturers simply do not have enough of internally, especially when it comes to projects that require short runs, small bags or frequent changeovers," said Eric Wilhelm, CEO of Coregistics. "By infusing Cano's offering with the same resources and processes that have made Coregistics a successful packaging solutions provider, we can now offer food manufacturers an even more powerful resource for increasing operational efficiency while significantly reducing their total supply chain costs."

The acquisition of Cano is the second for Wilhelm and his team, acquired New Jersey-based Market Resource Packaging in April 2012. 

 "MRP allowed us to leverage a proven 20-year track record of providing innovative packaging solutions to some of the largest, most respected brands in the world. The result of the MRP acquisition was the establishment of four logistically relevant supply chain centers — Atlanta, New Jersey, Indianapolis and Memphis. Adding Chicago to this mix now solidifies our geographical coverage, enhances our primary packaging capabilities and provides the step change Coregistics has been planning since its inception," added Wilhelm.

Cano was founded in 1974 and currently operates out of a 180,000-sq.-ft. temperature and humidity controlled facility in Chicago suburb Wheeling, Ill., from which it offers customers a variety of confection and food industry-specific contract packaging services including bagging, pouching, labeling, cartoning, kit assembly, shrink wrapping and date coding. 

Coregistics has strategic locations in New Jersey, Illinois, Tennessee. Georgia and Indiana, as well as customer embedded operations and capabilities nationwide.