ASG Acquires Consumer-Packaging Business From MWV

ASG, a leading global specialty-packaging manufacturer, announced today it has acquired the Bydgoszcz, Poland-based beauty and personal care folding carton business of MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE:MWV). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Bydgoszcz is an important supplier of packaging to major global and regional consumer goods companies, including cosmetics and beauty brands. ASG, already one of the largest packaging suppliers for the home entertainment industry, will leverage the Bydgoszcz operation’s assets to expand its footprint in the European consumer-packaging market. The acquisition is part of ASG’s multiyear strategy to develop additional world-class packaging solutions for the beauty and personal care, spirits, confectionery, and healthcare markets.

“In bringing Bydgoszcz into our group, we increase our level of technical capability, experience, and knowledge of consumer markets,” Tony Garnish, ASG’s Chief Executive – Europe, stated. “We look forward to cultivating new opportunities while continuing to deliver first-class solutions for our current clients.”

Mike Jackson, Chairman of ASG’s Board of Directors, stated that the acquisition will make ASG more competitive and help the company better meet the needs of demanding consumer brands and existing customers. “This acquisition is another excellent platform from which ASG can grow into new markets,” he commented. “We are excited to extend our presence in Europe and expand our global customer base in our primary business of print, packaging, and plastics.”

All 320 of the current employees will continue working at the Bydgoszcz facility. “We are excited about ASG’s future,” Garnish stated. “And we warmly welcome our new colleagues from MWV-Bydgoszcz into the ASG and Atlas families. They offer decades of unparalleled knowledge and experience in their industry.”

About ASG

ASG, a portfolio company of Atlas Holdings LLC, is a leading specialty-packaging company that delivers innovative packaging solutions for the world’s premier consumer brands. Its key packaging segments include health and beauty, pharmaceutical, home entertainment, consumer electronics, confectionery and specialty foods, spirits, and sporting goods. The company operates 18 manufacturing facilities — the capabilities for which include lithographic, flexographic, digital, and specialty-gravure printing and injection-molded plastics — in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. It also boasts seven Spark! creative services centers in the U.S., U.K., France, China, and Australia. ASG is comprised of two separate legal entities — AGI-Shorewood U.S. and AGI-Shorewood International — and collectively employs nearly 3,000 people worldwide. Please visit www.asg-worldwide.com for more details.

About Atlas Holdings LLC

Atlas Holdings LLC is an industrial holding company headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. The company employs approximately 10,000 people at more than 90 facilities worldwide. Atlas operates in a number of industrial sectors, including building materials, energy, capital equipment, steel mill services, wood products, pulp and paper, and packaging. Atlas’ portfolio companies combined generate in excess of $3 billion dollars in revenues annually. Over the last 25 years, the principals of Atlas, in partnership with capable management teams, have built more than 40 companies in a variety of industries. Learn more at www.atlasholdingsllc.com.

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