American Packaging (APC) has started construction on a new 350,000ft2 manufacturing plant in Monroe County, New York, with an investment of nearly $170m.

Initially, the company planned to build the plant near its facilities in Iowa but selected Monroe to support New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Upstate revitalisation and the Finger Lakes Forward strategic plan that has seen an investment of nearly $3.4bn since 2012.

Cuomo said: “American Packaging’s $170m investment and decision to expand in Monroe County is proof-positive that we are attracting 21st century companies to add to this region's economic momentum and move the Finger Lakes forward.

“This project will not only boost the local manufacturing sector and provide job opportunities to more than 260 residents, it will strengthen the regional economy and support a more sustainable community for generations to come.”

"This project will strengthen the regional economy and support a more sustainable community for generations to come."

For this project, Empire State Development granted up to $14.7m to APC as performance-based incentives.

The company also received $870,000 funding from Rochester Gas and Electric for electric and gas infrastructure and tax exemption benefits through COMIDA from Monroe County.

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The new facility, which is expected to become operational by December, is expected to create 260 jobs in the next five years.

In addition, more than 100 construction jobs will be created and 170 employees who are currently employed at the company's Rochester plant will be retained.

APC has also partnered with the Rochester Institute of Technology by funding the Center for Packaging Innovation on campus.