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Butler County business acquired by Tennessee-based company

The city of Fairfield.
The city of Fairfield.

Southern Champion Tray, a manufacturer of paperboard packaging for the bakery and food service industry, this week announced recently acquired “substantially” all the assets of Fairfield’s Honeymoon Paper Products Inc.

Founded in 1960, Honeymoon is a supermarket and retail bakery, deli, food service and wholesale packaging provider. SCT, based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, said it is integrating Honeymoon’s catalog items into the company’s offerings and providing expanded printing technology for Honeymoon’s custom packaging business.

The company said the Monday acquisition gives its customers “an even stronger portfolio of fiber-based products and innovative capabilities that were not previously available with the companies operating independently.”

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“This acquisition makes a lot of sense for both Southern Champion and Honeymoon customers as we are expanding the breadth of our product line and scope of our manufacturing capabilities,” said SCT President and CEO John Zeiser.

SCT declined to provide the cost of acquiring Honeywell and the amount of employees there are in Fairfield.

“We’re a privately held company, so we don’t divulge financial or employee information,” spokeswoman Sherry Jennings told the Journal-News.

SCT has been manufacturing and distributing sustainable paperboard and corrugated packaging, food and drink carriers and molded fiber tableware to bakery, food service and catering customers across the United States and in nearly two dozen export markets since 1927. The transaction gives it office, manufacturing and distribution facilities in Chattanooga; Mansfield, Texas; and Fairfield.

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The acquisition of Honeymoon, which is located at 7100 Dixie Highway, provides SCT an additional manufacturing facility that is equipped to serve the bakery and food service industries, officials said. SCT said the acquisition means it will be adding “a highly proficient team” in Fairfield, one that is “accomplished and skilled” in the production of corrugated circles/pads and take-out packaging for the deli and bakery industries.

“We are very fortunate to acquire a facility with an experienced workforce and also one that aligns with our company culture and values,” said Brian Hunt, SCT’s chief operations officer. “The solution-driven culture at Honeymoon is a perfect complement to the service-focused business model of SCT.”

Staff Writer Eric Schwartzberg contributed to this report