Packaging maker plans $75M facility, 140 jobs in Lebanon

A Pennsylvania-based packaging producer plans to spend $75 million to open a 470,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Lebanon and hire 140 workers.

Washington, Pennsylvania-based U.S. Corrugated conducted a nationwide location search before choosing the Boone County city for its latest manufacturing plant.

The company plans to lease the former ConAgra Foods building on South State Road 39. ConAgra operated in the building for years before moving its operations to Frankfort, Indiana, in 2014.

Since then the building has seen several short-term tenants but has been vacant for about a year, Boone Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Molly Whitehead told IBJ.

U.S. Corrugated plans to sign a long-term lease, she said.

“This is a good sign we can keep a company in there for a much longer term,” she said.

The 140 new jobs will pay an average wage of more than $20 an hour, Whitehead said.

Work on the facility is expected to be completed by the end of this year or early next year, and U.S. Corrugated anticipates meeting full employment in the next two to three years, she said.

The Lebanon City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a seven-year personal property tax abatement for the project that is expected to save the company about $1.3 million.

U.S. Corrugated, which makes corrugated shipping boxes and specialty packaging products, has locations in New Jersey, Wisconsin, California, Tennessee and Mexico.

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