Italy’s Ravizza Packaging opening its U.S. headquarters in Akron (video)

AKRON, Ohio — Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic announced Friday morning that Ravizza Packaging, a third-generation, household owned manufacturing corporation primarily based in Turin, Italy, will open its U.S. headquarters in Akron as aspect of plans to sell its patented Simplicita Bag Wise throughout America.

Ravizza Packaging, founded in 1982 by Roberto Ravizza and his father, Franco, will open Ravizza Packaging USA Corp. with nine large pieces of machinery and 3 staff at Akron’s Worldwide Enterprise Accelerator, according to the city. The Accelerator, at 526 S. Principal St. in Akron, offers technical, administrative, marketing and advertising and specialist solutions to technologies-based startups.

The company’s annual revenues are $3.4 million, with the majority of its sales coming from Europe. It has also recently expanded into South America and New Zealand.

“I chose Akron, Ohio, mainly because of its proximity to our industry, the overwhelming support from the City and the Accelerator, and the welcoming nature of the individuals I have met all through Akron throughout my visits,” Roberto Ravizza said in a written statement announcing the move.

The Simplicita Bag Intelligent machine types, fills and seals bags from tubes on a roll, alternatively of making use of the much more regular, and high-priced, pre-created bags. The city’s announcement stated Ravizza’s item can save an typical of $35,000 per year compared to other machines.

“I am excited that Ravizza Packaging chose Akron, Ohio, to be its entry into the United States marketplace,” Plusquellic said in a statement. “While their operation in Akron will get started out small, developing sales of their items in the U.S. market will call for more workers, and Roberto plans to employ locally. “As they cultivate their U.S. presence more than the subsequent few years, we will continue to perform with Roberto to uncover a permanent place in Akron that will match their escalating wants,” he said.

Ravizza Packaging’s parent corporation, Ravizza, Guiseppe & Son, was founded in 1938 by Roberto Ravizza’s grandmother and grandfather to make wood crating and shipping containers.

In 1982, Roberto Ravizza and Franco Ravizza started Ravizza Packaging and entered the packaging machinery and materials marketplace. Ravizza Packaging sells little-scale packaging gear and accessories in four business enterprise segments: Machine & Materials Distribution Packaging Line Method Options Liquid Fill Container Packaging and Simplicita Bagging Machines.

Roberto Ravizza’s 17-year-old son Francesco Ravizza is among those who will enable with the company’s transition into the U.S. market, the city stated.

Roberto Ravizza stated he met then-Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Bob Bowman and current Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Sam DeShazior at a trade show in Germany. “Considering that then, we have been in communications relating to performing organization in the United States,” he stated.