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Denmark-Based Brodrene Hartmann Plans $30 Million Food Packaging Hub In Rolla, Missouri

Brodrene Hartmann A/S started construction on the manufacturer’s $30 million food packaging facility in Rolla, Missouri. The project is expected to create at least 50 new jobs by the start of 2017.

Danish-based Brodrene Hartmann is the world’s leading manufacturer of molded-fiber egg packaging and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of machinery for producing molded-fiber packaging. Hartmann will add 20,000 sq. ft. to an existing facility in Rolla, bringing its total square footage to 354,000 sq. ft. and representing the initial steps that will soon create dozens of new jobs in the area. The Rolla facility will produce sustainably-made, molded-fiber egg cartons for the U.S. market. Cartons will be made of 100 percent recycled newspaper sourced from the Midwest and distributed nationally.

“Our current activities in Brantford, Canada, have contributed significantly to Hartmann’s growth and profitability in recent years, and with a new factory in Rolla, Missouri, we want to continue positive development,” said Ulrick Kolding-Hartvig, CEO of Brodrene Hartmann, Denmark headquarters. “By increasing production capacity and presence in North America, we will gain access to a larger share of the market and have a solid foundation for expanding the business.”

To assist Hartmann with its new Missouri-based operations, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has offered a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation criteria. The company anticipates future growth at its new Rolla location with the potential of doubling its investment in the next five to seven years. Once reaching optimal production, the company expects to recycle 25,000 to 30,000 tons of post- consumer paper per year at the Rolla facility to produce fiber cartons. Hartmann’s customers include major retailers such as Kroger, Wal-Mart, and Whole Foods as well as small farms,” according to state economic development officials.

“I appreciate the State of Missouri, the Missouri Partnership, and the Rolla Regional Economic Commission for their professionalism during the location strategy and final decision-making process,” said Gerry Lavis, President of Hartmann North America. “The central location with improved transportation access from the I-44 corridor and intermodal rail connections in St. Louis and Kansas City will allow us to quickly connect with our customers across the country. Here, we have found an excellent regional manufacturing workforce and a competitive business climate overall, which factored into the final decision to locate to Rolla.”

Governor Jay Nixon said. “Missouri’s highly-skilled workers, central location, and pro-business climate provide a strong foundation for Hartmann to build on its success. I’m proud to welcome this global leader to Missouri as we continue to create good jobs and grow our economy.”

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