Plastic Package

US-based packaging containers and trays manufacturer Plastic Package has expanded its manufacturing operations to Indiana with the establishment of a new facility in La Porte.

The expansion will see an investment of around $1.37m, creating close to 19 new jobs by the year 2016.

Plastic Package will equip a 20,000ft² facility in La Porte with advanced GN pressure formers and robots to support its growth strategy and enable capacity growth.

Indiana secretary of commerce Victor Smith said: "What makes Indiana unique is the abundance of advantages companies find here.

"From our low taxes and pro-growth polices to our expanding infrastructure and talented workforce, Indiana offers an environment that lets businesses reach the next level in their strategic plans."

Currently, the company employs more than 85 associates in California. It plans to begin hiring in Indiana for production and supervisory positions this month.

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Plastic Package president and CEO Mike Miller said: "Indiana was an easy choice for Plastic Package and, quite frankly, the city of La Porte was even easier.

"We are extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of a community that embraces new business."

"With the assistance of the Greater La Porte Economic Corporation, we were able to quickly decide that La Porte was the place we wanted to be.

"Strategically, it will put Plastic Package in the position to grow and service businesses in several targeted regions of the mid-west and north-west.

"We are extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of a community that embraces new business."

Established in 1976, the company serves manufacturers and co-packagers of baked and frozen bakery goods, food, confections, cosmetic items and electronic components, as well as packages for school nutrition programmes.

The company was also given $100,000 in conditional tax credits owing to its job creation plans by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Image: Plastic Package production facility in Sacramento, California. Photo: courtesy of Plastic Package, Inc.