Boss leaves Perfecseal but firm fully committed to Londonderry

Perfecseal owner, Bemis, has confirmed, Keith McCracken, the long-serving general manager of the company’s Londonderry operation has left the company.

Wednesday, 9th September 2015, 6:36 pm

But Paul Verbeten, President of Bemis Company Inc, the Wisconsin head-quartered owner of the Londonderry plant, said a number of changes at senior level won’t affect its long term commitment to the North West.

Mr Verbeten said: “Bemis is absolutely committed to Derry long term.

“Our intent is to continue to invest in Derry and grow our business presence.”

There have been changes at management level at the medical and pharmaceutical packaging giant’s local operation, however.

Both Mr McCracken and the local human resources director have both left the company.

Mr Verbeten told the paper: “Both Keith McCracken and our HR Director have decided leave Bemis and pursue employment elsewhere.”

Mr McCracken oversaw the firm’s migration from its old base on the Northland Road to Campsie.

A source from the company’s shopfloor told the Sentinel there had been some bewilderment regarding recent high profile changes.

Perfecseal has a long history as a major employer in the Londonderry area.

Now Bemis Healthcare Packaging, it is a part of Bemis Company Inc., the largest flexible packaging company in the Americas and a major manufacturer of pressure sensitive materials used for labels, decoration and signage. It specialises in the manufacture of co-extruded films, laminated films, flexible forming films, foil barrier laminations, pouches, bags, thermoformed trays, lids, labels and heat seal coated medical grades of paper. Outside the United States it has plants in Londonderry, Malaysia and China.