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Austrian Greiner Packaging Corp. Chooses Pittston, Pennsylvania to Serve as U.S. Headquarters

Greiner
February 12, 2014

128 new jobs created

(Pennsylvania Governor’s Office) PA Governor Tom Corbett announced that Greiner Packaging Corporation , an Austrian-headquartered manufacturer of packaging in the food and non-food sectors, has established its U.S. headquarters in Pittston Township. “Our partnership with Greiner Packaging will result in the addition of the 128 new jobs and continued economic progress in Luzerne County”, Corbett said.

Greiner Packaging has entered into a lease for an 113,871-square-foot site in Pittston Township to serve as its first U.S. manufacturing site for the first developing stage. The company plans to invest nearly 17 million USD in manufacturing, computer equipment, furniture and fixtures at the site where it will produce high-quality premium packaging of cups and lids, K3®, as well as other convenience and sustainable items for the food industry. Greiner Packaging has also committed to creating at least 128 new jobs within the next three years.

“About half of the U.S. population lives in the country’s northeast. This region is of great interest to the packaging industry because many milk processing establishments are located here. We chose to locate in Pennsylvania based on two other factors: great support from the Governor’s Action Team and excellent service from Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services,” explains Willi Eibner, CEO of Greiner Packaging International.”

The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development including a $104,000 Guaranteed Free Training grant to be used to train its new workforce. Additional funding offers include a $450,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant that facilitates investment and job creation and $256,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits.

The company has also been encouraged to apply for the funding offer as well as a low-interest loan including $3.2 million from the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund (MELF). Greiner Packaging has accepted the funding proposal, but must still apply for each loan and grant and agree to the terms prior to award receipt.
Greiner Packaging is a subsidiary enterprise of Greiner Packaging International, which is one of five divisions of Greiner Group with its headquarters in Austria. The four operational divisions include Greiner Foam International, Greiner Perfoam and Greiner Tool Tec as well as participation in Greiner Bio One International AG. For more information visit www.greiner-gpi.com.

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