Waterloo Container is physically getting larger. And when a current expansion is finished by the end of the year, its workforce also is expected to grow.
The supplier of wine bottles, caps, corks and closures began a 36,000-square-foot addition to the main office and warehouse at 2311 Route 414 in October. Bill Lutz, owner and president of Waterloo Container, said it should be completed by the end of the year.
The new building will allow expansion and reconfiguration of the company’s massive glass bottle and packaging supply inventory. It will create a space for the addition of a second state-of-the-art pre-pack line, which moves bulk glass into convenient individual cases, and for continued growth of a high speed shrink sleeving applicator and tunnel.
A total of 15 to 30 new jobs are expected to be created.
“Our expansion is indicative of the health and growth of the wine, spirits and craft beverage industries in the area, which we are proud to support,” Lutz said. “The additional jobs will benefit the community, and our additional space will allow us to offer enhanced service and a more comprehensive in-stock selection.”
In addition to the structural addition, the company has made upgrades to its network infrastructure. Those improvements will help customer service representatives access information more quickly and allow the company to get the bottles, caps and closure orders placed with greater accuracy.