Packaging Corporation of America announces plans for new Pennsylvania facility
Pennsylvania is known as one of the prominent states in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. in terms of its manufacturing sector. In light of this fact, Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) is announcing plans to open a new manufacturing facility next month that will be located in Muhlenberg Township, in the southeastern part of the state.
Although PCA operates numerous facilities – 68 corrugated product plants and four paper mills in 26 different U.S. states – this is its first manufacturing location in Pennsylvania. Thomas A. Hassfurther, the company's executive vice president, explained some of his reasons for this decision.
"Our decision to expand in southeastern Pennsylvania is a testament to the dedicated employees of the region," Hassfurther said. He believes that the company's new facility will end up creating 50 new full-time jobs within the first three years of its opening and operation.
The company is collaborating with officials in Muhlenberg Township on the new facility, along with the Governor's Action Team and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic development.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 575,400 workers were employed in Pennsylvania's manufacturing industry in August 2011.