Scholle IPN Packaging, Inc. will invest $10.29 million to expand its production facility in Smyth County, Virginia, creating 42 new jobs.
“Scholle IPN has a history of success in Southwest Virginia, and the company’s decision to expand operations in Smyth County is a strong testament to the region’s dedicated workforce and industry-leading training programs,” said Virginia Governor Ralph Northam says. “With more than 240,000 Virginians employed in the manufacturing industry, this sector remains the backbone of many communities throughout our Commonwealth. We are proud to support Scholle IPN as the company evolves its technology and continues to grow.”
Scholle IPN provides sustainable packaging solutions for the food and beverage, agriculture, automotive, cleaning, personal care, and pharmaceutical sectors. The company is committed to making products safe and accessible while minimizing waste and extending shelf life. Headquartered in Illinois, Scholle IPN operates in 14 countries with over 2,000 employees worldwide.
“This a key milestone in Scholle IPN’s long-range plan for our North American business,” says Kent Kisselle, vice president and general manager of Scholle IPN’s North America region. “Our decision to expand in Chilhowie was necessitated by our continued growth in core flexible packaging markets along with the need to support our long-term strategic objectives. These initiatives include the development and application of a broad range of technologies to our business, and training our people in using these tools.
“Southwest Virginia is a strong fit in terms of high-quality labor availability and runway for additional investment, led by a solid leadership group ready to execute our strategic initiatives. I look forward to seeing the new Chilhowie plant footprint take shape in the coming months and welcoming our new team members as we prepare for an exciting 2020 and beyond.”
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