A global packaging company ASG, also known as the AGI Shorewood Group, will invest more than $8.5 million to expand its manufacturing operations in East Flat Rock, North Carolina, with plans to create 50 new jobs in Henderson County.
The company will be adding new positions in the press room, die-cutting, gluing, digital pre-press, customer service, production planning and shipping and receiving. ASG anticipates the expansion will help the East Flat Rock facility achieve heightened production efficiencies, increase manufacturing volume and bolster existing packaging offerings to help serve customers in the entertainment, personal care, health care and pharmaceutical segments.
“This expansion signifies an optimistic future for our company and is a reflection of the extremely talented workforce here. This facility continues to demonstrate an unrivaled customer focus and drive for continuous improvement. Our work gives us tremendous pride. We have the opportunity to be involved in packaging solutions for the world’s most recognizable consumer products which often include household headache medication, toothpaste containers, even specialty-embossed Blu-ray ™ disc covers,” said Bob Lennon, Vice President, Supply Chain and General Manager of ASG.
“We’re doing all that we can to encourage the growth and expansion of our existing companies,” said Gov. Pat McCrory. “This announcement is another example of the strong business climate and quality of life that we offer our manufacturing partners. ASG has found a great place to do business in Henderson County.”
“Global manufacturers like ASG recognize that our state has the skilled workforce they need to succeed,” said Secretary Decker. “We’re thrilled to see another international company reinvesting in North Carolina.”
The project was made possible in part by a $60,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. The grant is contingent upon proof of job creation and receipt of a local funding match. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds.
Other partners who assisted with this announcement include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Henderson County and the Henderson Partnership for Economic Development.