US-based custom packaging solutions manufacturer PAC Worldwide will invest $47m to establish its first facility in Georgia.

The company will operate from a 500,000ft² site in Union City, Fulton County.

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The facility is expected to open later this year and generate 400 jobs in manufacturing, logistics and customer experience.

Available positions will include department leaders, supervisors, engineers, operators, warehouse associates and machine packers.

The company’s expansion into Georgia is partly motivated by the growth of e-commerce amid the coronavirus pandemic.

PAC Worldwide president Steve Foster said: “The proximity to customers, key suppliers and a deep labour pool were all compelling reasons to make greater Atlanta part of our US footprint. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with the community.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said: “I thank PAC Worldwide for their commitment to creating hundreds of solid manufacturing jobs for the hard-working Georgians of Fulton County.

“I’m confident the state’s central position in the south-east, along with our highly skilled workforce, will help PAC Worldwide better serve their customers.”

Founded in 1975, PAC Worldwide develops, manufactures and automates packaging solutions for a broad portfolio of customers. Its products include protective mailers and speciality packaging for the courier, e-commerce, fulfilment and distribution markets.

The company has operations in the US, UK, Mexico and Malaysia, and currently employs more than 1,900 people.

Georgia is considered one of the US’s leading states in advanced manufacturing. In 2019, its GDP from manufacturing was $64.7bn. The Georgia Department of Labour estimated that there were 389,500 manufacturing jobs in the state as of December.

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) director Hank Evans represented the Global Commerce Division on this project, in partnership with Select Fulton, Union City, Georgia Power and Georgia Quick Start.