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North American Policarta Grand Opening

Date June 2022 • in Press Release

Lake in the Hills, IL- Friday, June 24th, 2022- Policarta, an AFC Renewables Company, celebrated the grand opening of its North American facility on Thursday. This Lake in the Hills, IL production space features one printer and three bagging lines, with plans for immediate expansion.

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Bill Lewis, CEO & Owner, cuts the ribbon for the new Policarta North America facility. Also pictured: Policarta team and Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce

Policarta is an Italian-based company with over one hundred years’ experience in paper packaging design. Increased demand for waste reduction in packaging, particularly plastics, drove the need for a North American location. Policarta’s paper products are commonly used in QSR, C-store, fast casual, and other food-related applications.

“AFC Renewables is excited to bring the artisan craftsmanship of Lazio® and Oven2Go® bags from Italy to the United States,” stated Chris Lewis, Policarta President. “This USA-based production facility streamlines logistics for our existing customer base. It also enables us to expand product offerings for our key C-store, QSR, fast casual, and hospitality customers.”

Michael Baker, Chief Commercial Officer, commented: “This packaging expansion and installation of new converting equipment reinforces Policarta’s commitment to innovation, quality, and service. Over the next few months, Policarta will be making significant announcements regarding new products and markets to support our Packaging customers.”

“This is an exciting time for AFC Renewables and Policarta as we continue to leverage our combined product and process expertise and expand our international manufacturing footprint,” Stated Rick Turek, Chief Operations Officer. “With proximity and local sourcing in mind, we are positioning ourselves to better serve our customers and grow within the community where we do business.”

With the addition of this production facility, we are excited to better serve our customers and continue to grow. Working with our customers, we ensure that we are providing them with real solutions that fit their needs.

To find out what solutions would work best for your products, contact AFC’s Customer Success Team at (800) 334- 9372 or