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The interest of major corporations in taking a strategic approach to transport packaging continues to grow. Case in point, Rehrig Bulk Pooling Services (Rehrig BPS) has reached an agreement with Ball Corporation to provide complete transport packaging services and management for 15 Ball beverage can plants in North America.

Rehrig BPS will manage all requirements for handling and reverse logistics that are necessary to service and maintain Ball’s reusable packaging assets. Ball’s pallets, top frames and separator sheets, used in the storage and transport of empty metal containers, will be recovered, sorted, inspected and cleaned/repaired upon return from Ball’s customers.

Rehrig BPS operates its service centers on HACCP principals and creates traceability and trackability for all inbound, processed and outbound materials. Rehrig’s commitment to food safety allows Ball to focus on their core competency while the service is compliant with the ever changing landscape that is our food supply chain. To view videos related to Rehrig bin washing and swab testing processes check Youtube.

“The expertise that Rehrig brings to our operations will enable us to devote more of our resources toward achieving our ‘Drive for 10′ vision for continued, long-term success,” said Greg Wiggins, director, Operational Planning and Logistics for Ball’s metal beverage packaging division, Americas. “We believe this initiative will advance our sustainability efforts and create tangible value generation through a strategic approach within our supply chain.”

“Our ability to deliver quality-focused, consistent services and nationwide macro-level management are at the core of our value proposition,” said RBPS general manager Roy Hasenfratz. “We are very excited that Ball has awarded us this services opportunity for their operations-critical transport packaging materials.”

Rehrig Bulk Pooling Services is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rehrig Pacific Logistics. It provides innovative leadership in supply chain products, services and solutions serving retail, grocery, beverage, waste and agricultural markets. RBPS provides a wide array of reverse logistics, recycling and transport packaging material management services. The Company is headquartered in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., in the greater Chicago area.

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ approximately 15,000 people worldwide and reported 2012 sales of more than $8.7 billion. For more information, visit

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