Oct 6, 2014
Placon’s Medical Packaging Division, Barger, Launches a Redesigned Website with Personality

ELKHART, IN (OCTOBER 6, 2014) – The new BargerPkg.com site is all about the user. The easy to navigate, responsive site, renders easily on mobile devices and tablets with touch-friendly functionality. While the new design has a clean look, important to a company operating certified Class 8 clean rooms, it’s not “cold” thanks to the distinctive design elements and bold photography that features the company’s own employees. A division of Placon, a leading North American […]

May 28, 2014
Unique, Tamper-Evident Plastic Clamshell Picks up a Prestigious IOPP AmeriStar Packaging Design Award for Rigid Plastics Thermoformer Placon

Earning three Ameristar packaging awards in two years, Placon, an innovative designer and thermoformer of custom and stock packaging for the retail, medical and food markets, is continuing to earn high marks for its creative, economical and safe packaging designs. With a 20% overall reduction in the size of its footprint, the Hypertherm consumables’ packaging, previously manufactured in PVC material, is now designed with Placon’s EcoStar® brand of post-consumer recycled PET rollstock. The 100% recyclable […]

May 20, 2014
New, Recycled Post-Consumer PET Thermoformed Food Containers Put the Spotlight on Fresh, Grab-and-Go Foods

MADISON, WI (May 20, 2014) – Combining an eco-friendly recycled material and tamper-evident design with revealing package clarity, Placon, a leading North American designer and manufacturer of high-quality custom and stock plastic packaging, has combined market-driven features into its Crystal Seal reFresh packaging line. From fresh cut fruit and vegetables, sandwiches, cookies to single slices of pie, the entire line is designed to highlight and sell fresh delicious-looking food to the safety-minded, eco-conscious consumer. The […]

May 1, 2014
Rigid Packaging Thermoformer, Placon, Acquires Injection Molder, Plastic Packaging Corporation

MADISON, WI (May 1, 2014) – Placon, one of the leading custom and stock rigid thermoformed packaging designers and manufacturers in North America announced today that it is has completed the acquisition of privately-held, West Springfield, MA rigid plastic container manufacturer, Plastic Packaging Corporation. Founded in 1954 by Fred Weiss, Plastic Packaging Corporation (PPC) is a family-owned manufacturer known for its high-quality, injection molded Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP) containers, cups, tubs, pails and lids […]

Jul 18, 2013
Placon Supports Wisconsin Business’ Environmental Efforts by Joining the Green Tier Program

Placon, a leading North American designer and manufacturer of custom and stock thermoformed packaging, with an extensive line of recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) sheet, is proud to announce its participation in Wisconsin Department of National Resources’ (DNR) Green Tier program. Placon has a long history of environmental stewardship with numerous advancements in PET recycling. In 2011, the Company opened its 70,000 sq. ft. recycling facility dedicated to reclaiming both plastic PET bottles and thermoforms and […]

Jun 5, 2013
Placon Packaging Design Innovation Scores IOPP AmeriStar Awards in the Health and Beauty and Medical Device Categories

MADISON, WI (June 19, 2013) – Placon, a leading North American designer and thermoformer of custom plastic packaging for the retail, medical and food markets, with an extensive line of stock products and environmentally-friendly extruded PET sheet, was honored to receive two Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP) AmeriStar awards for its Gillette Venus & Olay and Wright Medical submissions. The wins come on the heels of Placon’s DuPont Packaging award win for the “cutting edge” […]

May 21, 2013
Placon’s Easy-Open Blister Lands Coveted DuPont Award for Gillette Venus & Olay Packaging Design

MADISON, WI (May 17, 2013) – Placon, a leading North American designer and thermoformer of custom packaging for the retail, medical and food markets, with an extensive line of stock products and environmentally-friendly extruded PET sheet, has received a DuPont Gold Award for its innovative Gillette Venus & Olay package. “The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is an opportunity to showcase the value of packaging and celebrate the power of collaboration in bringing innovative ideas […]

May 17, 2013
New Design for Placon’s Rotisserie Chicken Container Reduces Reliance on Petroleum-Based Resins

MADISON, WI (March 14, 2013) – Placon, a leader in the design and manufacture of custom and stock thermoformed food packaging products and recycled PET materials has redesigned its market-leading HomeFresh® Rotisserie Chicken Container to reduce its overall usage of petroleum-based resins. An industry staple, Placon’s patented 2-piece container has led the rotisserie chicken packaging market with its attractive design and reliable, tight-fitting polypropylene lid and base. With reduction of petroleum-based resins the driver for […]

May 14, 2013
Placon’s New Line of Plastic Disposable Catering Trays and Bowls Let Caterers Deliver, Present and Recycle with Ease

MADISON, WI (May 14, 2013) – Manufactured with EcoStar® food-safe recycled PET, Placon, a leading North American designer and thermoformer of custom and stock food packaging, is proud to introduce its new Fresh ‘n Clear™ plastic catering tray and bowl line at the 2013 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show in Chicago. The sleek black, crush and crack resistant plastic party platters, bowls and lids are designed to securely, attractively and sustainably present a wide assortment […]

Apr 16, 2013
Placon Tamper-Evident, Recyclable Containers Put Consumer Food Packaging Safety Top of Mind

MADISON, WI (April 16, 2013) – Especially designed to incorporate safety and sustainability in one package, Placon’s new Crystal Seal® Tamper-Evident plastic thermoformed food containers are 100% recyclable with a patent-pending feature that helps minimize the potential of food tampering. The Tamper-Evident containers by Placon, a leading North American designer and thermoformer of custom and stock packaging, are available now in 7 grab-and-go sizes from 8 to 64 ounces. With no removable byproducts or tear-away […]

Mar 26, 2013
Barger Talks Universal Packaging for Medical Components in PMP News Magazine

ELKHART, IN (March 26, 2013) – With large potential cost savings seen in terms of capital investment, warehousing space and internal resources, Barger, a turnkey designer and manufacturer of complete medical device and component packaging systems, has turned single thermoformed clamshells into universal packaging housing hundreds of SKUs for a number of customers. In this month’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Packaging News (PMP) magazine’s article “Seeking Universal Savings,” Barger discusses how universal packaging can help medical […]

Mar 21, 2013
EcoStar PET Recycling and Sheet Extrusion Facility Featured in March’s Plastics Technology Magazine

MADISON, WI (March 21, 2013) – Pushing beyond industry standards in packaging design and sustainability is nothing new for Placon, a leader in the design and manufacture of custom and stock thermoformed products as well as recycled PET extruded sheet. In this month’s Plastics Technology feature article “Sheet Operation Closes Loop on PET Recycling”, the magazine focuses on parent company, Placon’s EcoStar recycling and extrusion process. As one of the first thermoformers to build its […]

Feb 15, 2013
New Anti-Fog Lids for Recycled PET Containers Gives Cold Deli Foods Clear Shelf Impact

MADISON, WI (February 15, 2013) – Continuing to expand and enhance its food packaging lines, Placon, a top US thermoformer of custom and stock food containers, retail and medical device packaging as well as recycled PET materials, announced that it is currently rolling out its new anti-fog lid technology on its entire line of PET cold deli food packaging products. Placon’s new anti-fog technology helps minimize lid condensation formation, providing excellent product visibility in cold […]

Oct 30, 2012
Placon Debuts Medical Division’s New Brand Identity at Pack Expo 2012

MADISON, WI (October 30, 2012) – Placon, a leading US thermoformer of custom and stock retail and food, medical packaging products as well as recycled PET materials, unveiled its new corporate rebranding effort for its medical division at Pack Expo 2012. Effective immediately, all Placon medical will be marketed under the Barger™ (formerly referred to as Barger Packaging, Inc.) name. “Updating the logo has been a significant and integral part of our overall branding strategy,” […]

Oct 23, 2012
Placon Makes Convenience Profitable for Delis with New Fresh ‘n Clear Multi-Compartment Bowls

MADISON, WI (October 23, 2012) – With time being a precious commodity in most households today, the convenience of purchasing pre-cut fruits and veggies is a given. Placon, a top 20 US thermoformer of custom and stock food, retail and medical device packaging as well as recycled PET materials is continuing to meet consumers’ demands for convenience with its new divided containers, containing up to 100%, food-safe, post-consumer recycled materials. The Fresh ‘n Clear divided […]

Oct 5, 2012
Placon Awarded in 2012 SPE Thermoforming Parts Competition

MADISON, WI (October 5, 2012) – Placon, a major designer and manufacturer of custom and stock food, retail and medical device packaging products as well as recycled PETE materials, was recently honored with a Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division Award in the Roll-Fed Thin-Gauge category for its Evolutions Deli containers. The award was presented at the 2012 Thermoforming Conference held on September 23rd in Grand Rapids, MI. The prestigious contest for thermoformers focuses […]

Sep 28, 2012
Placon to Unveil Innovative Tooling Design Project at Pack Expo 2012

MADISON, WI (September 28, 2012) – Placon, a top 20 US thermoformer of thin-gauge rigid plastic packaging according to Plastics News, will be showcasing and discussing one of its most innovative packaging projects to date at this year’s Pack Expo event. The package, created for a Fortune 100 client, represents some of the most unique custom tooling design seen in the industry. The protective product packaging is currently stocked at major retailers across the globe. […]

Aug 23, 2012
EcoStar® Plastics Makes Great Strides In PET Thermoform Recycling And Extrusion

MADISON, WI (August 23, 2012) – EcoStar, a Placon® company, is continuing to make headway in the recycling and production of quality RPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) thermoform flake and extruded PET sheet. The 70,000 sq ft EcoStar facility is dedicated to recycling PETE by reclaiming both plastic bottles and thermoforms and turning them into premium food and non-food grade flake and PET sheet. The facility runs 365 days a year, purchasing bales of curbside collected […]

May 18, 2012
Placon Introduces New Line of Tamper Evident Deli Containers Made with 100% Recycled PETE

MADISON, WI (May 18, 2012) – With the growing demand for deli containers manufactured with recycled content, Placon Corporation of Madison, WI now offers Evolutions™, a new line of environmentally responsible deli containers that feature tamper-evident lids with tight-fitting, high performance seals assuring maximum product freshness. The Evolutions deli line features easy open/easy close recyclable containers, made from 100% EcoStar recycled PETE, a material derived from curbside collected PETE bottles. The deli containers feature superb […]

Nov 1, 2011
Placon Corporation Strengthens Position as Leading Provider of Medical Packaging with Acquisition of Barger Packaging

MADISON, WI (November 1, 2011) – Placon Corporation of Madison, Wisconsin announces the acquisition of Barger Packaging, Inc., a thermoform manufacturer of packaging for the medical and pharmaceutical industries. With the acquisition, family-owned Placon becomes one of the top three medical thermoformers in the U.S. “Barger has a strong reputation in the industry for its array of high quality products and focused customer service,” said Dan Mohs, CEO of Placon Corporation. “These strengths, combined with […]

May 9, 2011
Placon Introduces New Line of Bakery Containers Made with EcoStar Food Grade RPET

MADISON , WI (May 9, 2011) In response to a growing demand for food-grade plastic containers made with recycled material, Placon Corporation of Madison, WI now offers Dimensions™ Bakery, a complete line of bakery containers with up to 100% post-consumer recycled content and exceptional clarity. The crystal clear EcoStar food-grade Recycled PET in the Dimensions line provides retailers with a way to address environmental concerns without sacrificing packaging integrity, freshness or appearance. Every Dimensions Bakery […]

May 4, 2011
Placon Opens $14 Million Recycling Facility for Post-Consumer Bottles and Thermoforms

FITCHBURG, WI (May 4, 2011)—Placon Corporation, a thermoformer and plastic sheet extruder, announces the opening of its EcoStar® closed-loop recycling facility. Placon becomes one of the first thermoforming companies in the food and consumer packaging industry to implement its own in-house recycling to process post-consumer bottles as well as thermoforms. With this new 70,000 square foot facility, Placon accomplishes its plan to create a standalone manufacturing location with its own brand identity under the EcoStar […]

Jan 20, 2011
Placon Awarded ISO 14001 Certification

Madison, Wisconsin, January 3, 2011 — Placon today announced that it has obtained certification to ISO 14001:2004, the international standard that specifies a process for controlling and improving an organization’s environmental performance. Awarded by BSI Management System, one of the world’s largest certification bodies, for Placon’s environmental management system, this ISO 14001 certification covers all of Placon’s business lines, including food, retail and medical markets for both thermoforming and the company’s EcoStar® extruded roll stock […]

Oct 8, 2010
Introducing an Innovative New PET High Barrier Material with Environmental and Cost Benefits

MADISON, WI (October 7, 2010) Placon Corporation of Madison, WI recently introduced the Ecostar® HB 4000, a high barrier food-grade PET. What does this mean to retailers? Extended shelf life resulting in considerable cost savings, and the ability to recycle with no negative impact on the recycling stream. Ecostar® HB 4000 is a unique, multi-layer sheet that when converted into retail packaging, results in a truly viable environmental solution for showcasing a variety of meats, […]

May 12, 2010
Placon Announces Sheet Extruder And Recycling Facility

FITCHBURG, WI (May 12, 2010) – Placon Corporation, a thermoformer and plastic sheet extruder, announced today that it will construct a closed-loop recycling facility to grind and wash post-consumer bottles and thermoforms for processing into its EcoStar™ sheet products. The company is reducing the total carbon footprint by bringing the material supply chain closer to production and offering its customers more choices of materials, including up to 100% post-consumer content polyethylene terephthalate (PET). “Our EcoStar […]

Feb 1, 2010
Placon Corporation Launches New EcoStar Website

Madison, WI (Feb. 1, 2010) — Placon Corporation, a plastic extruder and thermoformer, officially announces the launch of their new website, www.ecostarplastics.com. Since the introduction of EcoStar™ extruded rollstock in 2008, Placon has seen considerable growth and interest in its line of PET packaging materials. There are currently seven different PET materials available and depending on the request, modification can be made to create a customized material. Laura Stewart, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, […]

Oct 5, 2009
Placon Announces New Additions to Its Fresh ‘n Clear Scround Bowls and Lids

MADISON, WI (October 5, 2009) Placon Corporation of Madison, WI has introduced several new bowl sizes and lid options in its Fresh ‘n Clear™ line of products for the foodservice market. For attractive and stackable displays of deli foods, salads, fruits and similar items, the company has designed a new 32-ounce shallow bowl. With a large top surface area, the new design highlights its contents in an attractive way as it focuses on horizontal (rather […]

Oct 5, 2009
Placon Sees Growth in EcoStar Materials

MADISON, WI (Oct 5, 2009) Since the introduction of EcoStar™ packaging and extruded rollstock in 2008, Placon Corporation of Madison, WI has seen considerable growth and interest in its line of RPET eco-friendly packaging materials. Across multiple markets-including food, retail, and medical-many companies are opting for eco-friendly packaging in response to consumer and retailer demands. While virgin PVC packaging still has its place for specialized applications, in most cases, an EcoStar™ solution is an easy […]

Oct 5, 2009
Placon Has Kept Almost One Billion Bottles from Landfills

MADISON, WI – (October 5, 2009) Through the ongoing efforts of Placon Corporation over the past seven years, nearly one billion discarded plastic bottles have been diverted from landfills. For reference, that many bottles would fill about 7,300 average-sized homes from floor to ceiling. The company’s EcoStar™ line of products is largely responsible for this remarkable reduction in landfill waste. It stems from the company’s commitment to the environment and the need for ongoing sustainability […]

Jun 5, 2009
Placon Implements Ecostar Food-Grade rPET into Package Lines

MADISON, WI (June 5, 2009) Placon Corporation of Madison, WI has implemented EcoStar™, a food-grade RPET, into its lines of food packaging. Using this base RPET material created by Placon, the company’s lines of food containers now address environmental concerns with no compromises in quality, safety, or durability. EcoStar™ RPET, a multi-layer sheet with a virgin material outer layer for food contact and an inner layer (core) of recycled content, offers a minimum of 35% […]

Jun 5, 2009
Placon Implements EcoStar Material in Medical Packaging

MADISON, WI (June 5, 2009) Placon Corporation of Madison, WI has introduced EcoStar™ PC50 and HS 1000 Medical Packaging, an environmental packaging solution for healthcare providers. As secondary packaging for medical products, these two materials are ideal options for environmentally conscious packaging of medical devices, products, and diagnostic equipment. Hospitals, clinics, dental offices, and other healthcare organizations will find the products beneficial not only in terms of environmental responsibility, but in real savings over virgin […]