Plastic packaging site to create 240 new jobs in Pulaski

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Phoenix Packaging Operations LLC plans to spend more than $20 million to open its first U.S. operation in Pulaski County, creating 240 jobs.

The plant will manufacture thermoformed rigid plastic packaging for U.S. customers. Phoenix Packaging will establish its North American headquarters in Pulaski as well.

Phoenix Packaging is a subsidiary of Phoenix Packaging Group, a Latin American company that formed from several Columbian and Venezuelan companies. A Mexican packaging company later joined the group.

Phoenix Packaging designs and produces plastic packaging and foodservice disposable products. The company’s customers include Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Keurig, Van Houtte, General Mills and Colgate.

Phoenix Packaging Operations President and CEO Alberto Peisach said the company considered 40 locations in six states, including Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

“We found that state and local authorities in Virginia were seriously committed to helping new companies set up their manufacturing facilities and bring in high-paying jobs,” Peisach said in a statement. “The state government’s proactive attitude in finding ways to meet our needs, and their flexibility in creating a program to help us find and train the right workforce, was far more forward-thinking than any competing states.  With three major higher education institutions in the area, and the government officials’ unwavering interest in creating jobs, Pulaski County was hard to beat.”

Gov. Bob McDonnell approved an $850,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to help Pulaski with the project. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide training help.

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