Graham Packaging Co. LP has chosen Evansville, Ind., for its new container blow molding operation.
Graham will invest $23 million in blow molding equipment for its leased, 147,000-square-foot plant. Woodward Commercial Realty Inc. will spend $5 million to construct the facility to Graham's specifications. Graham expects construction to be done by January and the machinery to be in operation by April.
The York, Pa., packaging major also was considering Owensboro, Ky., for a new Midwest plant. Availability of plastics-trained workers in the Evansville area and government incentives helped sway Graham to choose the Indiana location. Graham will receive local and state tax and infrastructure incentives, and training incentives.
Evansville's favorable economic climate and abundant and price-stable energy supply also factored in the decision, according to the company. The plant will employ about 60.
Paul Bailie, director of business development for Graham, said the new facility will complement Graham's central U.S. plants in Holland, Mich., and Muskogee, Okla. Evansville will produce a variety of containers using a range of materials. Graham did not reveal customers and spokesman Donald Sarvey would not confirm an Evansville Courier & Press report that Bristol-Myers Squibb could be a customer.
Graham said it recorded sales of $825 million last year, 15 percent higher than in 1999. It has 60 plants throughout North America, Europe and Latin America that mold more than 6 billion containers per year.