ProAmpac begins work on $8M innovation center
Flexible packaging manufacturer ProAmpac has begun work on a nearly $8 million innovation center in the town of Ogden. The company is constructing a 25,000 square-foot addition to its existing facility on Manitou Road.
The innovation center will focus on packaging development and design and will also host regional and global consumer packaged goods companies and vendors for events and training. ProAmpac had considered building the innovation center out of state but chose to expand at its current location with help from New York State. As a result of the expansion, the company has committed to hiring up to 40 new employees.
“Beyond adding jobs to the regional economy, our commitment is significant for two additional reasons. First the Collaboration & Innovation Center will accelerate fresh ideas in product development,” said Greg Tucker, ProAmpac CEO. “Innovation is the key factor in making flexible packaging the fastest growing segment of the expanding global packaging industry, which is forecast to exceed $1 trillion by 2021. ProAmpac leads the flexible packaging industry in development of sustainable packaging providing what today’s consumers want and the brand leaders need. Second, with printing, design, and advanced materials being fundamental to flexible-packaging innovation, ProAmpac’s CIC is well aligned with the industrial heritage of Rochester area in photography, imaging and technology.”
Empire State Development is assisting ProAmpac’s innovative project with up to $1.35 million through a capital grant and through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. NYPA, which is already providing 140 kilowatts of low-cost power through the program to the firm to retain its existing jobs, is supporting the expansion project with an additional 40-kilowatt RNY power allocation. Monroe County and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting the company.
“ProAmpac’s continued commitment to expanding its operations in Monroe County will serve to boost the local manufacturing sector, provide jobs and strengthen the regional economy by helping to create a more sustainable community for generations to come,” said Eric Gertler, acting commissioner and president and CEO-designate of Empire State Development.
ProAmpac manufactures innovative and sustainable packing for customers in the food and beverage, health and beauty, lawn and garden, pet, retail and secure packaging industries.