German packaging company Schütz Container Systems has announced plans to build a new facility in St Joseph, Missouri, US.

Employing around 50 people, the proposed facility will see an investment of around $20m and will produce packaging for the agriculture and food industries.

Schütz Container Systems US president and CEO Frederik Wenzel said: "We are pleased to be able to locate our newest facility in St Joseph, Missouri.

"The location will help us better serve existing and new customers, and we look forward to a long-term relationship with the community."

The company is purchasing a building on a seven-acre area in Eastowne Business Park for the facility, as well as another six acres to the west of the building, with plans to expand in the future. The investment will see building improvements and installation of equipment.

"We are happy to welcome a world-class company such as Schütz to our community."

The project is backed by the city of St Joseph, Buchanan County, the state of Missouri, the Missouri Partnership, St Joseph Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas City Area Development Council. The company was provided with an interest-free, forgivable loan by Buchanan County.

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St Joseph Chamber of Commerce president and CEO R Patt Lilly said: "We are happy to welcome a world-class company such as Schütz to our community.

"Not only will they add to our strong manufacturing base of employment, but will bring significant investment and new jobs to St Joseph.

"This project would not have been possible without the continued support of the city and county and its partnership with the Chamber to create jobs in St Joseph."

Schütz Container Systems operates at nine locations and employs around 1,000 employees.