Work is starting on a $170 million flexible packaging plant New York that will create 262 new jobs.
American Packaging Corp. said the new 350,000-square-foot location in Chili, N.Y., also will ensure 170 current workers at the company's nearby Rochester location also are retained.
American Packaging previously had considered constructing the new plant near a company plant in Story City, Iowa., according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.
American Packaging is based in Rochester, where the company also operates its engineered laminations and coatings center.
"American Packaging is headquartered here and this is where my family calls home, so being able to grow here and provide great job opportunities in the area is something we are particularly excited about," CEO Peter Schottland said in a statement.
To attract the new plant, a state agency called Empire State Development is offering up to $14.7 million in what is being called "performance-based incentives." That total includes $7.7 million in grants and $7 million in tax credits. Rochester Gas & Electric also chipped in with $870,000 for electric and gas infrastructure. And Monroe County is providing tax exempt benefits.
"The groundbreaking of American Packaging's new plant is yet another step forward in our region's economic resurgence. Not only will this project create much-needed jobs, it will also help to stimulate the growth of Upstate New York's innovative business climate," said New York State Assembly Member Harry Bronson in a statement.
Along with 260 permanent jobs, the flexible packaging plant also will put 100 people to work during construction.
"This project will not only boost the local manufacturing sector and provide job opportunities to more than 260 residents, it will strengthen the regional economy and support a more sustainable community for generations to come," Cuomo said in a statement.
American Packaging's capabilities include engineered laminations and coatings, rotogravure and flexographic printing and preformed bags and pouches. The company serves the food and beverage, personal care, health care and specialty markets.
American Packaging also operates a rotogravure printing and laminating center in Columbus, Wis.
The company dates to 1902, and has been owned by the Schottland family since 1986. The company employs more than 800 people in total.
"Nothing can replace the value of a steady, quality job and today we are building on that belief," Chili Town Supervisor David Dunning said in a statement.