Huhtamaki North America is planning to open a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Goodyear, Arizona, US, to serve west coast foodservice packaging and retail tableware markets.

In the next two years, more than $100m will be invested to carry out modifications, infrastructure and equipment installation at the facility, which was purchased from Cohen Asset Management.

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Once completed, the 750,000ft² facility will create around 300 jobs.

The centre will manufacture paper, insulated and thermoformed plastic cups and lids, as well as food containers and pressed paperboard plates.

Huhtamaki North America executive vice-president Clay Dunn said: “This is a further investment in our strategy to serve the foodservice packaging and retail tableware markets with core products.

"The facility will not only grow our capacity, but improve our distribution capability in the region."

“The new facility will expand our footprint and will build off the success of our earlier expansions. The facility will not only grow our capacity, but improve our distribution capability in the region.”

Construction of the facility is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2017, with commercial production planned to begin later in the year and continue through 2018 / 2019.

Goodyear City Mayor Georgia Lord said: “The decision by Huhtamaki to make a large investment in our community continues to prove Goodyear is an excellent location for advanced manufacturing businesses.

“Our highly skilled workforce, excellent transportation systems, and low cost of doing business has created an environment where companies can thrive.” 

In April, Huhtamaki North America announced that it would launch its insulated cup line, Impresso, for hot beverage sectors in the US.

Image: Huhtamaki North America manufacturing and distribution centre in Goodyear, Arizona. Photo: courtesy of Huhtamaki Group.