Free-Flow Packaging International Inc. will add a machine-building operation to its Hopkinsville, Ky., packaging plant.
The project will result in 60 new jobs during the next few years and represents a $3 million investment, according to a news release from Gov. Steve Beshear.
The plant, which opened in 2000, employs 49, according to the release. The company will build its portable Mini Pak'r bubble-wrap machines there.
Spokesman Shawn Lance said by phone Sept. 1 the plant has eight low density polyethylene film extrusion lines, as well as “major” extrusion capacity for expanded polystyrene loose fill.
The company designs, manufactures and sells a broad range of protective packaging products and systems. Its products include air-cushion packaging systems, paper cushioning, PE foam and bubble mailers, and EPS loose fill.
CEO and Chairman Arthur Graham said in the release that Redwood City, Calif., FP International decided to expand in Hopkinsville because of the state's friendly business climate.
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved tax incentives up to $3 million and state officials approved up to $39,000 in tax benefits.
The privately held firm employs 500 worldwide and had $100 million in sales in 2008. It has plants in five states, wholly owned subsidiaries in France, Germany, the Netherlands and England, and a sales office in Australia.
With five recycling operations in the U.S. and one in the United Kingdom, the company claims it recycled more than 10 million pounds of EPS in 2008.