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Poland-based CANPACK Group Locates Center of Excellence in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

07/16/2020
Poland-based CANPACK Group, a global group of packaging companies, will redevelop a former brownfield site to establish its aluminum can manufacturing facility and North American Center of Excellence in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.

CANPACK’s commitment includes the acquisition and demolition of a blighted 1 million-square-foot facility on a 102-acre brownfield site in Olyphant Borough, where it will establish a 908,000-square-foot aluminum can manufacturing facility and operations center, including a customer experience center portraying CANPACK’s R&D and lithographic capabilities, its first in the United States.

According to state officials, the company has pledged to invest nearly $366 million into the project and will create more than 400 executive, professional and technical manufacturing jobs within three years. This project marks the ninth largest capital investment in the Governor Action Team’s history, bringing regional executive-level positions and the largest manufacturing project to the Greater Scranton Area.

“Since we first invested in CANPACK over 30 years ago, it has grown from a single steel food can manufacturing site in Poland to a true multinational packaging manufacturer with nearly 8,000 employees and 28 manufacturing sites located in Europe, South America, India, the Middle East, and Africa. We are extremely excited to bring CANPACK into the United States, the world’s largest aluminum beverage can market,” said Peter Giorgi, president and CEO of Giorgi Global Holdings, Inc.

“Despite many attractive locations, we chose Pennsylvania not only because it’s my home and home for many of Giorgi Global Holdings’ other agricultural and food packaging businesses but also because of the warm welcome we have received from Governor Wolf and the Governor’s Action Team, the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Department of Environmental Protection, Senator John Blake, the Mid-Valley School District, Lackawanna County and the Borough of Olyphant,” he added.

For this important brownfield redevelopment project, CANPACK received a proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for $6 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project funding. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team.

“CANPACK is known throughout the world for its manufacturing strength, and we are thrilled that the company has chosen Pennsylvania for its entry into North America,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This company is making a historic investment in Lackawanna County, creating good-paying jobs for hundreds of Pennsylvanians, putting an abandoned brownfield site into productive use, and creating additional revenue for the local community.”

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