Curwood Inc., a division of Bemis Company Inc., has announced plans to expand its operations in Fremont, Ohio. Growth in existing product lines, as well as the development and production of new packaging for the meat, cheese and coffee markets, require additional space, equipment and people. In choosing where to make the expansion, the company considered both the Fremont plant’s safety performance and workforce attitude.

Currently, the plant employs 141 people, and there are plans to add 50 new positions over the next three years. The expansion is contingent upon the approval of state and local incentives.

Structural Concepts is offering Build-A-Case customer interface feature — called a “wizard”— for customizing specific units on its Web site. The case-customization wizard for five of Structural Concepts’ most popular cases can be accessed by going to www.structuralconcepts.com and clicking “Build-A-Case” on the home page. Customers can select their model and configure as they wish by choosing options for the exterior case color, end panels, front panels, and front glass. Then the user can click to save his customized case or print the page, and then call a representative to order.

Bosch’s Packaging Technology Division plans to acquire Paal Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, based in Remshalden near Stuttgart, Germany. The purchase agreement was signed on Sept. 5, 2008. Paal is a packaging and automation specialist engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of lines for secondary and multiple-unit packaging involving material like paper, solid fiber board, compact and corrugated board. The company, established in 1964, has a comprehensive range of products for worldwide distribution, especially to the food and cosmetics industries as well as manufacturers of technical products. The parties agreed to keep the purchase price confidential. The transaction is subject to the approval of antitrust authorities.

The spin-off from FMC Technologies to John Bean Technologies Corp. is complete. As of August 1, shares of its common stock are trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol “JBT” and JBT Corp. has been added to Standard & Poor’s S&P SmallCap 600 Index. JBT Corp. includes JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech segments. Through its FoodTech division, the company designs, manufactures, tests and services technologically sophisticated systems and products for regional and multi-national industrial food processing customers.

Effective August 21, 2008 PMI-ARPAC LLC, a subsidiary of ARPAC L.P., has acquired certain of the assets of Packaging Machines International Inc. (PMI). PMI is a manufacturer of shrink packaging machinery also located in the Chicago area. The addition of PMI will bring new ideas to the already solid ARPAC shrink bundling product line. MI-ARPAC LLC intends to offer service and support to existing PMI installations.

Food Safety Net Services has announced the promotion of Timothy Santy to director of operations. Santy joined FSNS in 2006 and has most recently held the position of facilities manager. FSNS also welcomes Wendy Harmon as customer service coordinator. Harmon joins FSNS with numerous years of experience in customer service, business analysis, and data management.

Cloverleaf Cold Storage Co. of Sioux City, Iowa, has announced that it has concluded the acquisition of a freezer warehouse facility in Columbus, Ohio. With the purchase, Cloverleaf now operates more than 50 million cubic feet of refrigerated warehouse space in facilities throughout the midwestern United States. Situated at the mid-point of the Heartland Rail Corridor, Cloverleaf’s new location is sited to provide distribution and warehousing solutions throughout the northeastern, midwestern and mid-Atlantic states. Cloverleaf will begin this summer to work with local officials and its engineering staff to develop plans for further development of its Columbus facilities.