ProAmpac to create innovation center, add 40 jobs
Flexible packaging manufacturer ProAmpac will expand its existing facility to establish an innovation center in Ogden.
The company will build a 25,000- square-foot addition to its facility on Manitou Road, with plans to hire up to 40 new employees. 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.
Empire State Development is assisting ProAmpac’s innovation center project with up to $1.35 million through a capital grant and through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. Monroe County and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting the project. State support helped ProAmpac choose Monroe County to expand. The company had considered options outside New York, state officials said.
“ProAmpac’s decision to expand in Monroe County is proof-positive that we are attracting 21st century companies that are fueling the economic momentum helping to move the Finger Lakes forward,” said Eric Gertler, Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate. “This expansion will boost the local manufacturing sector, provide jobs strengthening the regional economy and support a more sustainable community for years to come.”
ProAmpac manufactures flexible packaging with 27 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The global flexible packaging company brings brand owners and packaging experts together to accelerate advanced technology and increase speed-to-market, package customization and consumer differentiation. The company manufactures innovative and sustainable packing for customers in the food and beverage, health and beauty, lawn and garden, pet, retail and secure packaging industries.
“This expansion of our new Collaboration & Innovation Center (CIC) solidifies ProAmpac’s commitment to our customers,” said Greg Tucker, ProAmpac CEO. “The growth of our Design and Sample Lab (DASL), analytical testing lab and additional new equipment offer opportunities for new product innovations and additional sustainability offerings in the future. By solidifying our collaboration with the State of New York, ProAmpac is committed to creating jobs that will further expand our offerings in flexible packaging.”
ProAmpac expects the almost $8 million project to be completed by June 2021.