December 20, 2021

WEST BEND, Wis.—Comar, a supplier of specialty packaging and custom molded medical devices and assemblies, hosted a ribbon-cutting cutting ceremony on December 15 to commemorate the completion of its West Bend 2.0 Project. The event marked the conclusion of  Comar’s nine-month effort to transition operations from the company’s former West Bend site to what is now its largest Wisconsin facility to date, the company said in a release.

The new building triples Comar’s local footprint to 160,000 square feet and houses an array of advanced manufacturing capabilities, including high-tonnage molding machines, large cavitation molds, and press-side automation. The ISO 9001 certified facility will enable Comar to increase its production of specialty packaging, including stock extrusion blow-molded containers, injection-molded lids and closures, and a wide variety of engineered custom products and assemblies, the company said.

Comar, headquartered in Voorhees, New Jersey, operates nine manufacturing and distribution facilities strategically located in New Jersey, Georgia, Wisconsin, California, and Puerto Rico. The company employs a host of plastic molding technologies, including injection molding, injection blow molding, injection stretch blow molding, and extrusion blow molding.

“The dedication of the new West Bend plant caps an incredible year of capability growth for Comar,” said Comar CEO Mike Ruggieri, in a statement. “In the past 12 months, the company worked diligently to expand nationwide. In addition to this Midwest expansion, we enhanced our East Coast presence with our new Vineland, New Jersey location and combined two plants into one state-of-the-art facility at Rancho Cucamonga, California, on the West Coast. I am incredibly proud of the focus and hard work the organization has put into supporting the growth of our current and future customers.”

James Spalding, plant manager of Comar’s West Bend facility, said that by staying local,  Comar could retain and invest in its existing teams and, by extension, its community.

“Our modernizations include improved floor layouts, break rooms, and dedicated training facilities for employee development. We are incredibly proud of our new space and eager to service our customers with upgraded offerings,” Spalding said in the release.

Comar is majority-owned by Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, part of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, middle-market private equity firm that invests primarily in North American-based companies.

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