Industrial Topping Off

PROCON Celebrates Rand-Whitney Topping Off

Rand-Whitney beam raising ceremony

Boylston, MA – Rand-Whitney president and CEO, Nick Smith, was joined by PROCON managing directors, John Stebbins and Jennifer Stebbins Thomas, and other members of the design-build and subcontractor teams for a beam signing and topping off ceremony at the site of what will soon be Rand- Whitney’s largest facility. When fully operational in the spring of 2023, the new packaging facility will manufacture 350 million boxes annually.

Final beam installation

Smith opened the event discussing the importance of the new manufacturing building for the company to meet growing demand while providing the most efficient, cost-effective services possible for its customers. The facility represents Rand-Whitney’s largest investment in equipment and capacity. The state-of-the-art, sustainable building will feature the industry’s most efficient robotics and automation equipment.

Rand-Whitney collaborated with PROCON as the design-builder for the packaging facility, as well as another 300,000sf warehouse on the site expected to be completed and leased out by Rand- Whitney in late spring of 2023. This is the fourth construction project collaboration between the two companies.

Rand-Whitney manufacturing facility / Rendering by PROCON

“We have a great group of companies including Borggaard sitework, Diaz Construction, Norgate Steel, Steller Steal, Brookside and hundreds of people making this beam signing and topping off a reality,” said John Stebbins.

Rand-Whitney has operated in Massachusetts since 1938 and is one of several companies owned by New England Patriot’s owner, Robert Kraft. The company’s vertical integration will allow the facility to manufacture packaging that uses a very high percentage of post-consumer waste, using 100% post-consumer waste linerboard produced in the company’s own mill in Connecticut.

“This milestone represents an exciting moment in the history of our company,” said Smith. “Rand- Whitney Container remains committed to investing in improvements that will benefit and support our valued customers. Today is also a milestone in our partnership with the Boylston community and we look forward to being a big part of this community for decades to come. I want to thank the entire PROCON design and construction team for creating this landmark moment.”