Multinational packaging company Trivium Packaging is set to invest to expand its manufacturing operations in Pennsylvania.

The company will invest $7.17m in the project, which will involve upgrading an existing production line, installing an interior sunken dock pit and expanding a building that will receive steel coil shipments to accommodate new businesses.

To facilitate the upgrade, the company will retain 76 jobs at its site in South Centre Township, Columbia County, and create a further 48 full-time jobs over the next three years.

Trivium Americas president Jens Irion said: “We are extremely excited to see the upcoming developments and upgrades that this new project will bring to our Bloomsburg plant and overall operations.

“The investments also illustrate the importance that manufacturing still plays for our society. Being able to retain 76 jobs and add an additional 48 makes us extremely proud, as these jobs will provide good living wages and benefits to individuals and their communities.

“We thank the Governor’s Office for providing us with this opportunity.”

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The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has proposed a $144,000 grant under the Pennsylvania First programme to Trivium Packaging.

The company will also receive a $400,000 Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) loan for the project and can apply for the department’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) programme.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Action Team, a group of professionals with knowledge of economic development, has co-ordinated the project.

Governor Wolf said: “It’s no secret that the commonwealth is home to a robust and diverse manufacturing industry, which Trivium has contributed to for more than 20 years in Pennsylvania.

“We are thrilled to support this expansion as Trivium makes upgrades to keep up with consumer demand while bringing nearly 50 new jobs to the region.”

Trivium Packaging provides shaping, decoration, embossing, debossing and opening solutions for metal packaging to more than 1,300 customers.

The company was formed after a merger of Exal Corporation and Ardagh Group‘s Global Food and Speciality business.