Flexible packaging solutions manufacturer American Packaging (APC) has commenced operations at its new 215,000ft² facility in the town of Chili, Monroe County, US.
Under the first phase of an expansion plan, the company made an investment of around $50m and employed 70 new staff.
The company currently has 200 employees working at its plant on Driving Park Avenue in the city of Rochester and expects to generate up to 260 new full-time jobs over the next five years in the Finger Lakes region.
The expansion is funded by performance-based incentives worth $14.7m from Empire State Development, including $7.7m in Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative grants and $7m in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits.
Empire State Development president, CEO and commissioner Howard Zemsky said: “The company’s focus on providing solid job opportunities and contributing to a more sustainable community for generations to come, is yet another example of how the Finger Lakes region is establishing itself as a leader in the 21st Century economy.”
Established in 1902, American Packaging is a flexible packaging converter, offering services a range of services which include flexographic and rotogravure printing; multi-ply extrusion and adhesive lamination of film, paper, and foil; and pouch and bag fabrication.
American Packaging president and CEO Peter Schottland said: “American Packaging’s investment in the region is well underway with production having begun in January 2018.
“We couldn’t be any more optimistic about the future of our operations and hope to soon be announcing yet another expansion of this operation.”
The manufacturing plant was initially planned to be constructed near the company’s facilities in Iowa.