Columbus, OH – Ohio Pack LLC, a manufacturer of the raw material used in flexible packaging for the food industry, announced it will build a new manufacturing facility in Heath, OH, investing nearly $25.4 million and adding 66 jobs over five years.
The company will build a 135,000-square-foot facility on a 20-acre property located in the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority’s Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center. The new facility will manufacture blown plastic film, one of the raw materials used in flexible packaging manufacturing. Ohio Pack will invest $13 million toward building costs and nearly $12.4 million toward machinery and equipment. Hiring for the manufacturing positions will begin in 2018.
“The Columbus Region’s proximity to existing food and beverage manufacturing facilities, the availability of real estate suitable to our needs and the support of state and local partners all contributed to our decision to open a facility in Heath,” said Mark Kasberg, director, Ohio Pack.
“Ohio Pack’s decision to locate at the Port Authority’s Central Ohio Aerospace Center in Heath brings another rail-served manufacturer to our community,” said Mark D. Johns, Mayor of Heath. “Licking County’s large pool of manufacturing workers is well-prepared to bring their skills to the new positions offered by Ohio Pack.”
The Columbus Region is home to 170 food and beverage manufacturing facilities that generate $17.7 billion in economic output annually. With more than 85,000 manufacturing workers and more than 100 manufacturing-related education and training programs, the Region offers manufacturers a talented, and growing, workforce.
About GROW Licking County CIC
Founded in 2012 as a public-private non-profit partnership, GROW Licking County is managed by a 15-member board of directors whose mission is to provide responsive and individualized economic development support that enables business to expand or relocate in Licking County, Ohio. Since its inception, GROW Licking County CIC has enabled the development of over 3,800 new jobs, the retention of 1,700 existing jobs, and private investment of close to $620 million in Licking County. For more information, please visit our website: www.growlickingcounty.org.
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As the economic development organization for the Columbus Region, Columbus 2020’s mission is to generate opportunity and build capacity for economic growth across 11 Central Ohio counties. In 2010, hundreds of business and community leaders developed the Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy, and the Columbus Region is now experiencing the strongest decade of growth in its history. The Columbus 2020 team conducts business outreach, promotes the Columbus Region to market-leading companies around the world, conducts customized research to better understand the Columbus Region’s competitiveness, and works to leverage public, private and institutional partnerships. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at ColumbusRegion.com.
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