Graham Packaging has broken ground on its new plant at South Central Kentucky Industrial Park in Kentucky, US.
The company plans to invest approximately $22m in the proposed 245,000ft² plant, which will create close to 68 new jobs. The investment also includes an additional $9.5m for the private development of the building.
Expected to become operational by early 2016, the plant will produce blow-moulded plastic containers.
The products from the plant will be supplied solely to fabric and dish care products manufacturer Sun Products, which provided the land for the development.
Kentucky governor Steve Beshear said: "Today’s announcement is a demonstration that Graham Packaging continues to build on its growth as a leading global manufacturer in its field.
"We’ve worked hard with our community partners to make Kentucky attractive to businesses, and that work is paying off. This is a tremendous day for the Commonwealth, for Bowling Green, for Sun Products and for Graham."
The new plant will complement Graham’s existing three facilities, which collectively employ 230 people.
Graham Packaging CEO Malcolm Bundey said: "We are very impressed with the quality of the workforce and sincerely appreciate the support from the citizens of Kentucky, and especially right here in Warren County, to make it possible for us to locate and grow here."
Founded in 1970, Graham Packaging currently operates more than 90 plants across the globe where it manufactures rigid plastic packaging products.
The company’s products, including environmentally sustainable containersm are supplied to food, beverage, household care, automotive and personal care markets.