“This is a significant investment to further grow our foodservice business in the United States and to leverage our global paperboard packaging expertise,” said CEO Jukka Moisio.
The total investment including the site purchase and modifications, improvements in infrastructure, and machinery investments and installations is expected to exceed USD$100 million. The majority of the investment will take place in 2016-2017. Huhtamaki will start using the 70,000 m2 (750,000 sq. ft.) facility as a distribution center in early 2017 and manufacturing is scheduled to begin in late 2017.
When fully operational, the unit is expected to employ approximately 300 employees and manufacture a full range of products including single wall paper cups, insulated paper hot cups, folding carton packaging, food containers, pressed paperboard plates and plastic cups and lids.