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Rand-Whitney Celebrates Groundbreaking of Largest Facility to Meet Growing Demand

BOYLSTON, MA — Rand-Whitney officials were joined by business leaders, Town of Boylston officials, and their design-builder, PROCON, for the groundbreaking ceremony of its 384,000-square-foot packaging facility in Boylston, Massachusetts. The facility represents the latest investment by the company in equipment and capacity to meet the growth in worldwide demand for packaging that was accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. When fully operational, the new packaging facility will have the potential to manufacture 300 million boxes annually.

Operating in Massachusetts since 1938, Rand-Whitney chose to build the facility in Boylston due to its proximity to major transportation corridors and access to a skilled workforce. The sustainable facility will feature energy efficiencies and the industry’s most efficient robotics and automation equipment. Rand-Whitney’s vertical integration will allow the facility to manufacture packaging that uses a very high percentage of post-consumer waste, using 100 percent post-consumer waste linerboard produced in the company’s own mill in Connecticut.

“We are excited to break ground on the construction of what will be a world-class facility to help us meet the fast-growing demand for packaging,” said Nick Smith, President and CEO of Rand-Whitney. “Boylston is a great location with an amazing work force, and we are happy to continue to invest in manufacturing in Massachusetts where it all began for us some 75 years ago.”

Rand-Whitney is one of several companies owned by New England Patriots’ Owner Robert Kraft and is the largest independent corrugated packaging manufacturer in New England with areas of expertise in cost-saving package re-engineering and custom lean manufacturing programs. The company also produces and ships corrugated displays, shipping containers, and folding cartons to a variety of industrial and consumer end-users. The Boylston facility is their fourth collaboration with PROCON, who previously partnered with them on facilities in Worcester, Massachusetts, Dover, New Hampshire, and Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

“Working with the leadership at Rand-Whitney over the past decade has been incredible,” said John Stebbins, PROCON Managing Director. “The design and construction of the Boylston packaging facility will reflect that leadership by featuring innovation, energy efficiency, and cutting-edge automation.”  

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“This is our fourth and largest project working with PROCON, and it has been a great experience," Smith said. “They are an amazing partner, and we have full confidence our collaboration will once again lead to the creation of an incredible facility that we can all be proud of.”

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