Be Green Packaging Partners With Engineering and Construction Firm The Austin Company to Develop Green Manufacturing Facility in South Carolina

Jun 6, 2011 2:00 PM ET

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) SANTA BARBARA - June 6th, 2011 - Be Green Packaging, LLC announced today that it has engaged The Austin Company, a leading design, engineering, and construction firm who will undertake the development of the company's new $7.3 million dollar manufacturing facility in Ridgeland, South Carolina. Earlier this year, Be Green announced the purchase of the 27-acre property where it will house the nation's first plant-based, compostable packaging facility operating under the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s sustainability standards. Based out of Santa Barbara, California, Be Green is making a name for itself in the emerging sustainable packaging sector by working with a diverse portfolio of clients such as Whole Foods Market, P&G's GIllette Razor Company, and Sonoco, among others.

With over 130 years of experience, The Austin Company is one of the country’s preeminent engineering and construction firms whose list of clients covers a wide range of industries from aerospace to food service. In the past, The Austin Company has worked with internationally recognizable organizations such as Proctor and Gamble, General Mills, The Boeing Company, Danisco, and Unilever, among others, to design, construct, and maintain some of the world's most innovative manufacturing facilities. The company will be serving as design, engineering and construction consultants and offering a host of process operations improvement services to Be Green in the months running up to the plant's opening.   "Be Green is committed to quality in every aspect of how we conduct business, from our manufacturing standards to our finished product. We want to extend that same level of commitment to our new facility and that is why we have brought The Austin Company on board" commented Robert Richman, Chairman and President of Manufacturing, when asked about the partnership. "Simply put, they have the experience and knowledge to help us get our facility up and running in the shortest timeframe possible while maintaining our high standards."  

Be Green Packaging LLC, based in Santa Barbara, California, manufactures and distributes Cradle-to-Cradle certified, tree-free, compostable packaging for the food and consumer packaging industries. The company’s products are made from annually renewable plant fibers that are safe for people and healthy for the planet. For more information about the company, please visit: