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American Packaging Corp. Adding New Plant in Cedar City

$126.8 million CAPEX

135 jobs

250,000 square feet

Project Rollout

July 8, 2021

Team Utah* is pleased to announce that American Packaging Corporation (APC) will open a new manufacturing plant in Cedar City, adding 135 or more new high-paying jobs in the next 10 years. The expansion includes capital expenditures of $126.8 million.

"This expansion is a big win for Cedar City, and the number of jobs it will provide will benefit Utahns," said Dan Hemmert, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah). "As Southern Utah continues to grow, we're pleased companies are choosing to expand and grow in the area to provide jobs and enhanced quality of life for those residents."

American Packaging is a family-owned company that produces flexible packaging covering various food, personal care, medical, pharmaceutical, and industrial products. The company develops and supplies flexible packaging for customers throughout the United States and Canada. American Packaging has a network of five production facilities and two innovation centers. Food and healthcare are its primary market categories.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to expand our footprint in the West and partner with the people of Cedar City to offer our state-of-the-art printing capabilities,” said Jeff Koch, president of American Packaging Corporation. “This new location enables us to be closer to and collaborate directly with customers in the western United States. Our facility will include world-class print media technologies to support customers’ unique packaging needs and deliver final products that distinctly stand out on the shelf.”

The Go Utah Board has approved a post-performance tax credit not to exceed $661,260. Each year American Packaging meets the criteria in its contract with the state, it will earn a portion of the total tax credit.

The Board also approved an Industrial Assistance Fund Economic Opportunity Grant for up to $75,000 for infrastructure-related expenses. The grant will provide infrastructure support for the American Packaging site and help create better access to the area.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have American Packaging Corporation choose to bring their company to Cedar City,” said Maile Wilson Edwards, Cedar City Mayor. “I’ve gotten to know the company’s president over the past few months, and I've learned how perfectly APC and Cedar City fit together. We share similar values and cultures, and we appreciate the importance of treating customers and employees like family. We’re so pleased to welcome this company to our community.”

“American Packaging Corporation sees robust potential for their company in Cedar City and is confident with investing there given the infrastructure and workforce present in the community,” said Theresa A. Foxley, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah). “Iron County will serve as a strategic logistical location for the company, providing excellent access to raw material and customers across the West.”

“American Packaging Corporation is well known as one of the very best packaging manufacturers in the country,'' said Danny Stewart, Cedar City – Iron County economic development director. “We’re truly excited that they’ve selected Cedar City as their first Western location, and we can’t wait to help them succeed here.”

Real estate square footage associated with the project is estimated at 250,000.

Stephanie Pack, business development manager, led this project for EDCUtah. For more information on this or other projects, contact Colby Cooley, EDCUtah vice president of business development, at 801-323-4250, ccooley@edcutah.org.

Chris Schwinden of Site Selection Group provided site selection services to the company.

*Team Utah is a public-private partnership including the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah), the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, and – in the case of this project – Iron County and Cedar City.

Investors: If you were involved in this project and would like to add your organization to this announcement, please email connect@edcutah.org

Stephanie Pack

Business Development Manager

spack​@edcutah.org
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