Corrugated shipping containers and folding cartons manufacturer Green Bay Packaging is set to make an investment of more than $500m to construct a new recycled paper mill in Brown County, Wisconsin, US and expand its shipping container division.

The investment is expected to generate around 200 direct jobs and 135 indirect jobs.

The new facility will replace the existing recycled paper machine established 71 years ago.

“The investment is expected to generate around 200 direct jobs and 135 indirect jobs.”

The $475m facility is expected to allow the company to more than double its paper production capabilities and meet the increased demand for boxes and corrugated paper used in online shipping.

The company will also invest $25m in the expansion of its Green Bay Shipping Container Division.

Green Bay Packaging executive vice-president Bryan Hollenbach said: “The decision to build the new 100% recycled paper machine in Green Bay will preserve more than 1,100 Green Bay Packaging jobs across Brown County and position the company to grow its local workforce in the coming years.

“The new Green Bay Mill will also continue to advance Green Bay Packaging’s long time commitment to be an industry leader in environmental stewardship and sustainability as it will be one of the most environmentally friendly mills in the country.”

The company has selected Miron Construction to undertake the construction of the new mill, which is expected to be completed in three years.

According to the company, construction of the mill is anticipated to directly and indirectly support more than 3,000 jobs in the region.

Last month, Green Bay Packaging acquired corrugated packaging and displays manufacturer Wisconsin Packaging.