Trinity Packaging Corp. plans to continue its recent expansion wave by opening a large distribution center near its bag extrusion plant in Lewistown, Pa.
The company will launch the 100,000-square-foot shipping and warehouse site by the end of the year and employ 30-35 people, said Robert Postal, president of the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corp. in Lewistown.
The firm already operates a 250,000-square-foot extrusion and printing facility adjacent to the new site. The Armont, N.Y., company makes a variety of bags for merchandise, grocery, food-service, trash, mailing and industrial uses, many under private labels.
Trinity officials did not respond to a request for comment, but Postal said the company will spend close to $2 million to build the center and buy the surrounding 13 acres. A warehousing area in the existing plant will become available for added manufacturing in the future, Postal said.
The company received a $720,000, low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, said a spokeswoman with the state's Department of Community and Economic Development in Harrisburg.
The new facility also is on a Keystone Opportunity Zone parcel, meaning Trinity will pay no property tax or state tax on income generated by the distribution center, Postal said.
The state is spending $200,000 to create an access road that will serve the industrial park, he added.
The firm also has an extrusion, converting and printing facility in Remington, Va., and opened a plant in Rocky Mount, Va. In addition, Trinity just opened a sales office in Lake Worth, Fla., according to its Web site.
The new distribution site is the second for Trinity, also a maker of packaging material and equipment. The company opened a warehouse in Indianapolis in 2001 and said at the time that it was considering two more distribution locations.
Trinity will retain the 450 jobs at the Lewistown manufacturing plant after opening the warehouse, Postal said. The firm has not announced plans to increase employment or extrusion lines at that facility, he said.