Vernon company makes major capital investment

Universal Packaging has spent $1.2 million on a new decorating machine from Italy and a new Lehr from Germany

A Vernon company has undergone a major capital investment.

Universal Packaging has spent $1.2 million on a new decorating machine from Italy and a new Lehr from Germany.

“The new machines will increase our capacity by a minimum of 50 per cent,” said Steve Pelkey, chief executive officer.

“This will greatly enhance our ability to service our customers throughout B.C. and the Pacific Northwest. It will result in faster turnarounds for our customers.”

Universal Packaging, one of the largest decorators of glass bottles in North America, has been screen printing bottles since 1985.

“We are very proud of our Okanagan Valley roots and this investment shows that we are committed to our incredible employees and the province of B.C.,” said Pelkey of the 70 people on the payroll.

Last year, the company added 6,000 square feet to the now 50,000-square-foot warehouse on Kosmina Road.