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‘Box factory’ announces expansion

Andalusia’s Huhtamaki announced a $1.9 million expansion project Tuesday that will add 13 new employees to the payroll.

Known locally as the “box factory,” the former Paris Packaging plant employed 20 in 2001. It was acquired by the Huhtamaki Group, whose North America segment is a leading manufacturer of packaging for the foodservice industry and retail markets. Current employment has grown to 49, corporate officials said.

New machinery and equipment installed as part of the expansion will be used to promote continuous operation and growth by the company that manufactures folded cartons and related products and improvement of its flexographic printing capabilities.

Huhtamaki North America is a leading manufacturer of consumer goods packaging as well as tableware, cups, folding cartons, containers, carriers, trays and serviceware for the foodservice industry and retail markets. Its product portfolio includes Chinet®.

Rick Clifton, president and CEO of the Covington County Economic Development Commission, said the plant is a continuing example of how a public/private partnership can work for the benefit of all.

“Huhtamaki has shown its commitment to this plant and our community,” Clifton said. “We hope this is just the beginning and will lead to more expansion as business grows.”

Andalusia Mayor Earl Johnson said it was “more great news for Andalusia.”

“With Steven Dendy’s leadership and his staff’s hard work, experience, and dedication, Huhtamaki continues to excel,” Johnson said. “Andalusia is fortunate to have such a winner as Huhtamaki in our community and we look forward to its continued success.”

- Andalusia Star News

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