Area Development
Toronto, Canada-based CCL Industries Inc., a manufacturer of specialty packaging for the consumer products and healthcare industries, will invest $8 million in a new wine label plant in Sonoma, California.

According to a spokesman for the firm in 2011, wine production exceeded 300 million cases in the United States and has grown consistently over the last two decades. Wine continues to be a growth sector in the label industry as producers switch to pressure sensitive technology and develop increasingly complex designs to represent the brand signatures of leading wineries.

Geoffrey T. Martin, CCL President and Chief Executive Officer said; "We know that the sector has growth opportunities and coupled with our existing investments in Santiago, Chile, and Portland, Oregon, the new Sonoma plant completes the picture to give us a strong platform to become a leading player in the Americas."

While information on the plant's proposed workforce was not immediately available, Martin said "We expect the new plant to commence operations by the fourth quarter of 2012 and will supply customers from our existing operations in the meantime. We plan for the new site to reach profitability in its second year."

With headquarters in Toronto, Canada, CCL Industries employs approximately 6,400 people and operates 71 production facilities globally. CCL Label is the world's largest converter of pressure sensitive and film materials for label applications and sells to leading global customers in the consumer packaging, healthcare, automotive and consumer durable markets.