Rehrig Pacific Logistics, a manufacturer of reusable packaging, will open into a 38,400-square-foot manufacturing plant that coverts scrap pallet material into fiberboard, creating 39 new jobs in Glendon Borough, Northampton County in eastern Pennsylvania.
"We're excited to bring our innovative recycled fiberboard factory to Pennsylvania," said Rehrig Pacific Logistics' director of innovation and operations, Todd Rodewald. "There are currently no companies in the U.S. converting wood waste in this manner. The facility will be producing a 100-percent recycled wood product for use in the furniture and construction industries. It's a win-win for Rehrig, Pennsylvania and the environment."
Rehrig Pacific Logistics received a $767,550 funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development, including a $750,000 loan from the Machine and Equipment Loan Fund and $17,550 in job training assistance.
"My administration is committed to creating a business climate in Pennsylvania that supports companies like Rehrig Pacific Logistics and the jobs they create," said Gov. Tom Corbett. "This project is a great example of state government partnering with the private sector to bring economic investment and new jobs to the local community."
The project was coordinated by the Governor's Action Team and a group of economic development professionals who work directly with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania. "We're pleased to have introduced Rehrig to the Governor's Action Team, which assisted them to obtain incentives that led to the creation of manufacturing jobs," said Leigh Valley Economic Development President and C.E.O Phil Mitman. "These new jobs enhance our region's sustainability efforts and recycling opportunities. Rehrig and other visionary companies like Rehrig are the type of businesses we help recruit to the Lehigh Valley."