FREMONT — The Lagersmith Can Supply Co. broke the ground for a $10-million facility that is expected to be operational by early 2024. It will house its direct-to can printing facility and distribution centre.
Lagersmith is a Minnesota-based company that specializes on printing aluminum cans. They use a direct-to-can process, which is state-of-the art. Customers include beer, sodas and teas.
The company will expand its operations with a new 25,000-square foot warehouse and production facility at Bark Creek Industrial Park near Fremont. The new Lagersmith factory will create 20+ jobs over a 3-year period.
“I’m proud of our team’s work that made this production facility a possibility. I hope it provides a great service to the beverage industry, and prosperous job opportunities for decades to come,” said Nathan Smith, founder of Lagersmith, at Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony.
“The city of Fremont is excited to welcome Lagersmith to our community,” Fremont Mayor Daniel Sanchez said. “We continue to make Fremont an attractive place to do business and are very happy Lagersmith chose to invest in our community.”
Lagersmith selected Fremont because of its proximity to Ardagh Metal Packaging, which has locations in Fremont and Huron, as well as Lucas and Huron counties.
Smith stated that the company strives for market leadership in single-use packaging options. At the moment, many beverage companies use plastic labels or shrink sleeves to decorate aluminum cans. This facility in Fremont will reduce waste by preventing 250 tons of plastic per year from being disposed into landfills.
Smith founded Lagersmith, a mobile bottling service for local craft beer breweries, in 2012. He operated the business out of the Toyota 4Runner in his Toyota 4Runner.
“Through fervent service, fair trade, and responsible investments in the business, Lagersmith has become a company capable of serving the needs of all beverage companies — from startups to national brands,” Smith said.
The Fremont facility is home to a digital printer as well as offices, warehouses, loading docks, and warehousing. Lagersmith is investing $10 million into construction, including equipment and machinery purchases for its new facility. It is partnering with Janotta & Herner as the general contractor for the project.
“Lagersmith’s decision to choose Fremont and Sandusky County for its new facility shows economic growth and stability within our region” said Beth Hannam, executive director of the Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation. “We are looking forward to seeing their new plant open in Fremont and wish them great success.”