BW Papersystems has confirmed that Maxco Packaging, the independent manufacturer of corrugated packaging for the agricultural market in the San Joaquin Valley, has installed a 2.5m (98”) triplewall corrugator in their newly-built facility in Fowler, CA.
The new machine can run triplewall sheets at more than 275m per min (900 fpm) and doublewall sheets at 335m per min (1,100 fpm). The machine has a top speed of 400m per min (1,300 fpm). A VortX Starch System with the capability of producing 330 gallons of starch every 18 minutes was also installed.
The new plant in Fowler was built to meet the expanding needs of the original Maxco facility in Parlier, CA. In 2002, a doublewall corrugator was installed in Parlier during the time when both Marquip and United Container Machinery were joined with Ward Machinery to form MarquipWardUnited. In 2009, the Parlier corrugator was successfully upgraded to triplewall capability. In 2017, planning began in earnest for a new state-of-the-art facility eight miles away just off the 99 freeway in central California.
The direction from Max Flaming, President of Maxco, and Joe Sepe, General Manager, was clear. “We want the best triplewall corrugator possible. The BW Papersystems Engineering team worked with us to design a corrugator that would offer sustained production at high speed. The new corrugator will effectively more than double the manufacturing capacity of our business,” said Flaming.
Commenting on the nearly 20-year relationship between Maxco and BW Papersystems, Sepe (pictured below) said, “I have enjoyed working with everyone at BW Papersystems for quite some time. They have supported our growth and earned our trust. Shortly after start-up, we were already producing more than 400,000 lineal feet of doublewall and triplewall per 8-hour shift.”
Flaming concluded, “With the growth in our business, it was clear that we needed to expand and build a new facility. BW Papersystems has provided us with the right machine to reach our future potential.”