German industrial packaging company Mauser will invest $10m in a new packaging facility located in Geismar, Louisiana, US.

Announced by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Mauser Group CEO Hans-Peter Schaefer, the project will initially create 28 new direct jobs and 47 indirect jobs, according to an estimation of Louisiana Economic Development (LED).

The project can be expanded in the second phase that will employ an additional 19 people.

Governor Edwards said: “Mauser’s selection of Louisiana and Geismar signals their recognition of our growth in this sector and the importance of ramping up customer service to support the most important manufacturing markets in America.

"The strong business climate, strategic supply chain and powerful workforce programmes Louisiana offers made this decision a logical one for our company."

“We welcome one of the world’s industrial packaging leaders to our state and are grateful for their creation of new career opportunities in Louisiana.”

Situated near to the company’s major industrial customers in Ascension Parish, the new facility includes an area of around 40,000ft² and will be located on a 5-acre site in the Talon Industrial Park.

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The facility will manufacture custom-engineered plastic containers to ship industrial chemicals.

In future, the plant can expand to other forms of packaging based on market demand and requirement.

Mauser USA president and CEO Glenn Frommer said: “We’re excited to be investing in a new permanent facility in Louisiana that will deliver Mauser’s industry-leading packaging technology more efficiently to some of the world’s most important industrial manufacturers.

“The strong business climate, strategic supply chain and powerful workforce programmes Louisiana offers made this decision a logical one for our company.”

LED started working with Mauser USA on the potential packaging facility in December 2015.

The state of Louisiana has also offered the company a competitive incentive package to secure the project.

The new facility at Geismar is expected to improve the company’s delivery service, as Mauser will be able to replace the old delivery routes with new channels that are less than five miles in length.