LLFLEX acquires Hampden Papers

Louisville, Ky. — A global leader in packaging materials and industrial laminate solutions for the consumer packaging, building & construction, and wire & cable industries – has acquired the assets of Hampden Papers, a premium paper converter specializing in paper, foil, film, holographic and transfer metalized lamination, sheeting, and embossing. The move unites the Hampden Papers legacy as an industry pioneer through five generations of family ownership with LLFlex’s rich heritage of over one hundred years in the packaging industry. The combination creates one of the largest and most experienced suppliers of coated and laminated substrates for packaging in North America.

The acquisition comes as LLFLex begins production at its new 73,500-square-foot fully integrated manufacturing facility in High Point, North Carolina. With the ramp-up of skilled labor, technical personnel, sophisticated equipment, and optimized production layout, the plant will significantly expand LLFlex’s output capacity – and provide reassuring redundancy – for its two main business segments, Packaging, and Industrial Laminates. The move also builds upon the consumer packaging capacity and capabilities already in place at LLFlex’s Louisville, Kentucky, manufacturing facility.

The acquisition of Hampden Papers expands LLFlex’s footprint in a wide range of packaging niches, including various paper, film, and foil-based packaging for food & beverage, premium laminated carton board for health & beauty products, and transfer-metalized paper and board for sustainable packaging solutions. Further benefiting customers, the combined capabilities of the two companies creates a broad product offering in several other diverse sectors in which paper-based materials are frequently laminated, coated, or embossed including, tags, labels, tickets, cards, rigid boxes, gift wrap, envelopes, book jackets, and decorative wallpaper.

“Working closely with the owners and executives of Hampden Papers has allowed us to create this unique combination of assets, capabilities, expertise, and unparalleled commitment to our customers,” said Victor Dixon, CEO of LLFlex. “We are very proud and excited to carry forward the Hampden legacy and history by combining these foundations with the growing portfolio of LLFlex packaging material solutions. The collective customers and broader market will notice immediate benefits by being able to source a wider range of products from one combined company that can better support brand owners, package designers, printers, converters, and other related users of laminated and coated materials. Bringing the high-quality Hampden products together with the large scale and robust global supply chain of LLFlex will result in a myriad of benefits for our valued customers.”

Kelley Stearman, LLFlex Packaging Segment Director, believes “Hampden Paper’s expertise and focus on quality are a perfect complement to LLFlex’s core strengths and proud heritage of supplying high quality, value-added packaging materials for consumer products. We are excited about our expanded portfolio of product offerings and the packaging solutions that our new company will bring to customers.”

Hampden Papers is located in Holyoke, Massachusetts, with LLFlex having locations in Louisville, Kentucky as well as a newly constructed location in High Point, North Carolina that was opened in January and has been ramping up throughout the year. The new site is on schedule to be fully operational in the early fourth quarter of this year. Customers can expect high quality, responsive service, and a seamless integration period.

About LLFlex, LLC

LLFlex, LLC is a leader in packaging materials and industrial laminate solutions for the building & construction, wire & cable, and consumer packaging & other printable substrate markets. The company has manufacturing operations in Kentucky and North Carolina. LLFlex has sales and supply chain offices in the US, UK, and China and markets its products through its network of global agents and partners.

LLFlex’s extensive laminating experience with various substrates makes them a preferred supplier of materials for many consumer product industries. LLFlex manufacturers various paper, board, foils, films, MET PET, and holographic laminates for flexible packaging applications such as folding carton basestock, lotto/gaming board, convolute canister stock, gift wrap, and various other applications. The company is North America’s largest supplier of cigarette inner liner materials and also produces printed inner-frame.

For the building & construction sectors, LLFlex provides a full line of laminated insulation and radiant barrier facers designed to meet the industry’s requirements for gas & moisture barrier, product adhesion, reflectivity, durability, and longevity. For the wire & cable industry, the company’s line of cable armor, wraps, and tapes includes mono and co-ex layered film formulations using proven, high-quality resins throughout the structure for consistent, reliable long-term performance. For more information, call (800) 634-3645 or visit www.llflex.com.

About Hampden Papers, Inc.

Hampden Papers, Inc. is a premium materials converter specializing in paper, foil, film, holographic, and transfer metalized lamination, sheeting, and embossing. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology in each phase of its manufacturing process, the company services customers in an array of industries throughout the United States and Canada. Hampden Paper’s broad portfolio of design, development, and manufacturing capabilities creates paper-based laminations for a wide variety of functional and decorative applications including folding cartons, box wrap, gift wrap, blister cards, and trading cards.