Tray sealing specialist Proseal has expanded its business in the US with the opening of a new production facility in order to meet increasing demand for fresh convenience foods.

The facility, situated next to the company’s existing plant and office in Chesterfield County, Virginia, will double the overall size of the location to approximately 50,000 sq ft.

The company now has a staff of around 80, including engineers who fully manufacture the heat seal toolsets and spare components, as well as oversee the final fitment and testing of the Proseal tray sealing machines made at the UK headquarters.

Gari Wyatt, chief executive of Proseal America, said: “While we were already gaining a share in international markets before we started Proseal America, we decided that, to make the most of the opportunities in the US, we needed to establish our own base so as to ensure the highest levels of localised support. We came to central Virginia because there is a fabulous pool of labour here – and almost a decade on, it is the skill and dedication of our employees that has driven our success.”

Proseal America is also considering a further expansion that will enable it to produce entire machines for its customers. As part of this growth plan, the company is forming relationships with local colleges to start an in-house apprenticeship training programme to further strengthen the business’s foundation.