Huhtamaki North America, a major consumer goods packaging manufacturer, for food service and retail, recently announced it will invest $100 million in a new plant in Goodyear, Arizona, the Kansas City Business Journal reported.
The company is headquartered in Kansas City and operates several production facilities, which employ 425 people.
The new, 750,000-square-foot plant in Arizona will create 300 jobs and will manufacture tableware products such as paper cups and food containers. Huhtamaki has recently expanded in the tableware market after it acquired a series of smaller companies in the industry during 2012 and 2013, the source noted.
While construction of the plant will take two years, the company will begin using the building as a distribution center in early 2017.
“This is a further investment in our strategy to serve the foodservice packaging and retail tableware markets with core products,” said Executive Vice President of Huhtamaki North America, Clay Dunn, in a press release. “The new facility will expand our footprint and will build off the success of our earlier expansions. The facility will not only grow our capacity, but improve our distribution capability in the region.”