Nice-Pak, a pioneer and the leading global producer of wet wipes, plans to expand its manufacturing capacity at its production center in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The company expects to add more than 300 associates by the end of 2021.
Nice-Pak's project will begin in January 2021 in a phased approach that will complete in August 2021 and entail multiple upgrades, including the extension of existing lines and the addition of a new manufacturing line that will create 176 new jobs. The expansion is expected to more than double the company's capacity to produce disinfecting wipes and significantly increase capacity for other product groups, a company official explained.
"Our products are essential for consumers to help stay healthy and well amid the COVID-19 pandemic," said Robert Julius, Chairman and CEO of Nice-Pak. "We have been working non-stop to produce more wipes than ever before, and we commend the tremendous performance of our Jonesboro associates, who have been terrific in rising to the challenge."
"For more than ten years, Nice-Pak's Jonesboro facility has served its customers and its community by manufacturing essential products for our day-to-day lives," Governor Asa Hutchinson said. "Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nice-Pak has worked harder than ever to provide essential resources to help people through this difficult time. I appreciate the value that this company places on the health and wellbeing of its customers and its employees, and I'm pleased that Nice-Pak will continue growing its operations in Jonesboro."
Earlier this year, Nice-Pak increased its household disinfectant manufacturing production to 24/7 operations in response to increased demand and is on track to add more than 130 additional associate positions by the end of 2020.
"Nice-Pak has done a tremendous job of regrouping to meet consumer demands during unexpected times," said Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston. "They are a great example of how Arkansans rise up to meet challenges head on. It's great to see the company planning for its future, and we are extremely glad that they continue to call Jonesboro home."
Nice-Pak noted it continues to respond to the unprecedented need for wipes, essential in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The company recently generated independent clinical data showing its disinfectant wipes demonstrate efficacy against the virus that causes COVID-19.
"Nice-Pak's expansion shows not only growth but strategic planning and foresight. The way Nice-Pak adapted to current economic pressures caused by the pandemic, increased production, and hired more people is the definition of an essential business," noted Mark Young, President, Jonesboro Unlimited. "We take a lot of pride in Nice-Pak being part of Jonesboro."
Headquartered in Orangeburg, New York, Nice-Pak also has manufacturing facilities in Mooresville, Indiana; Flint, Wales; Wigan, United Kingdom; and Magdeburg, Germany.