Italian company to open U.S. headquarters in Akron

AKRON — An Italian company is bringing its U.S. headquarters to Akron.

At a press conference Friday morning, Mayor Don Plusquellic revealed that Ravizza Packaging will soon call Akron home.

The company will start in Akron with nine large pieces of machinery and three employees at Akron’s Global Business Accelerator.

Ravizza Packaging sells small scale packaging equipment and accessories. Their most popular product, the Simplicita Bag Smart Machine, forms, fills and seals bags from tubes on a roll, instead of the more expensive traditional pre-made bags.

“I am excited that Ravizza Packaging chose Akron, Ohio, to be its entry into the United States market,” noted Mayor Plusquellic. “While their operation in Akron will start out small, growing sales of their products in the U.S. market will require additional employees, and Roberto plans to hire locally. As they cultivate their U.S. presence over the next few years, we will continue to work with Roberto to find a permanent location in Akron that will fit their escalating needs.”

Ravizza Packaging, which was founded in 1982, is based in Turin, Italy.

This comes just days after Goodyear revealed its future tire factory would not be in Akron.