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Canada-Based Imaflex USA Expands Thomasville, North Carolina, Plant

Imaflex USA, Inc., a flexible packaging manufacturer, will expand operations at its U.S. production complex in Thomasville, North Carolina. The $15 million project is expected to create 37 jobs.

The expansion will allow the company to upgrade its extrusion operations and increase film making capacity in the current facility, while constructing a 25,000-square-foot building to consolidate printing and distribution operations.

“We began our journey in Thomasville in 2006 with a multi-million-dollar investment, based on great optimism and strong growth plans,” Joe Abbandonato, President and CEO of Imaflex said. “We’ve seen a substantial scaling of the business since then, resulting in the need for additional space and equipment. This initiative accommodates our needs, thus ensuring our long-term growth and competitiveness. In turn, it will benefit our current employees, while also creating new job opportunities in North Carolina. It gives me great pleasure to know that what was once a dream is now a reality.”

The project is being supported by a performance-based grant of $75,000 from the One North Carolina Fund. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require matching participation from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

“Our plastics and chemicals industry consists of more than 2,600 businesses,” added N.C. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “North Carolina offers the sixth largest manufacturing workforce in the nation for the plastics sector and a strategic plan that prioritizes further developing the talent pipeline to help them thrive.”

A Montréal-based developer and manufacturer of polyethylene and metalized films and bags, Imaflex USA customizes innovative packaging solutions for the consumer and industrial markets, while also making innovative agricultural films.

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