US-based company Graphic Packaging International (GPI) is set to invest $136m for the upgrade and modernisation of its Macon mill.

Located in the Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, the GPI mill produces paperboard used in packaging for the food and beverage industry.

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GPI president and chief executive officer Michael Doss said: “After a thorough analysis of our manufacturing needs and the available local resources, it was clear that Macon-Bibb County was ideal for this capital investment.

“Our location in the state and country makes us a prime location for companies to be successful and expand.”

“A number of factors influenced our decision, including the facility location; access to a diverse, educated and skilled local workforce; and our relationship with Macon-Bibb County and the State of Georgia.”

The current investment will help increase the mill’s capability with the additional integration of latest and advanced curtain coater, automation of certain processes, and upgrade of the water, generator and air systems that would enhance the Macon mill’s environmental profile.

GPI currently employs more than 1,330 employees in Georgia, and the Macon mill investment will help retain more than 460 manufacturing jobs in the region.

Macon-Bibb County mayor Robert Reichert said: “I’m delighted Graphic Packaging is investing in its plant here and making a commitment to be a part of our community for many years to come.

“Our location in the state and country makes us a prime location for companies to be successful and expand.”

Georgia successfully competed against other states to win the bid for the investment.