US-based flexible packaging and filling company JBM Packaging has opened a production facility in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

The 40,000ft² facility is designed to allow JBM to expand its packaging production capabilities and offer new contract packaging services, including bagging, cartoning, assembly, kitting and filling.

These services will allow the company’s clients to efficiently transport and supply higher quality packaged products.

Over the next 18 months, JBM aims to recruit 30 employees at the facility.

JBM Packaging president and CEO Marcus Sheanshang said: “With so many businesses experiencing labour challenges, our Fair Chance hiring programme has kept our hiring pipeline filled while also allowing us to expand production.

“This new downtown location provides the space we need to add new equipment and services.

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“It also provides many of our Fair Chance team members with easier access to work and resources provided through our partner organisations.

“It’s a win for our company, our partners and the city of Cincinnati.”

JBM has been running its Fair Chance hiring programme since 2016. The programme aims to offer career growth and advancement opportunities to previously incarcerated individuals.

The company aims to hire 65% of its workforce through the programme in the future. Around 25% of its colleagues are currently employed via Fair Chance.

Sheanshang added: “From the continued development of our eco-friendly packaging solutions created by individuals seeking to create better lives for themselves, we hope to continue delivering on that mission.”

Team members recruited through the Fair Chance scheme are offered resources and support for successful re-entry from local partners, including CityLink Centre.

CityLink Centre executive director Johnmark Oudersluys said: “JBM has been a forward-thinking and true partner in providing our clients with meaningful pathways for economic mobility.

“As we continue to develop intentional pathways for our neighbours and companies to thrive, we look forward to working with other organisations that want to explore solutions for their business and our community.”