Pactiv reportedly plans to consolidate operations into one location in Columbus, Ohio, to increase capacity, invest US$380,000 in building improvements, moving of equipment from other plants to new site by July 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio , April 4, 2011 () – A West Side company plans to consolidate its operations that will lead to the creation of 43 new jobs while retaining 130. The Pactiv Corporation, a well-known leader in the consumer market for foodservice and food packaging products, plans to consolidate into one manufacturing location to increase production capacity. Mayor Michael B. Coleman is recommending a 25 percent, 4-year jobs growth incentive to assist in the development of this project.

“The Pactiv Corporation is a prime example of why Columbus continues to be an oasis of economic activity and productivity in Ohio and throughout the Midwest,” Mayor Coleman said. “These 173 jobs—including 43 new employment opportunities—will further strengthen the West Side and the entire city.”

The company manufactures and distributes its products through 43 manufacturing and nine distribution facilities in North America. Pactiv derives over 80 percent of sales from markets in which the company is in the top two for market-share position. The company’s Hefty brand includes slider storage bags, disposable tableware, waste bags and disposable cookware.

The Columbus site is located at 2120 Westbelt Drive and is currently used for manufacturing. Pactiv will invest approximately $380,000 in building improvements and the cost to move equipment in state from other facilities. Machinery and equipment valued at $1.7 million will be moved to the site.

“Pactiv Corporation is committed to being an environmentally friendly company, the kind we are proud to have operating in Columbus,” said Councilmember Zachary M. Klein, chair of the Development Committee. “Pactiv strives to not only meet but exceed existing regulatory standards, setting an example for other Columbus businesses to follow.”

Pactiv strives to use environmentally friendly materials wherever available. For its pressware operations, all waste and scrap paper generated during the manufacturing process is collected, baled and shipped to their primary paper material supplier for recycling. All of its products manufactured at the plant include a percentage of recycled material. The company recycles 90
percent of its plastic manufacturing scrap directly into their products and recycles aluminum, corrugated, scrap metals, and remaining plastic scrap through suppliers and recycling services.

The project is expected to begin May, 2011 with a scheduled time of completion for July 2011.

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