Nelipak invests US$11.8M to develop flexible packaging site in North Carolina

US – US-based healthcare packaging firm Nelipak Healthcare Packaging is to invest at least US$11.8 million to develop a flexible packaging production site in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The company says it will create at least 36 new jobs in Forsyth County and expects to make additional investments and job creation at the site over the next five years.

“Nelipak’s decision is another great win for the state and Forsyth County,” said Governor Cooper.

“North Carolina’s growing life sciences businesses are expanding across the state to communities that have a strong business ecosystem, access to highly-skilled talent, and an excellent quality of life.”

Covering 110,000ft², Nelipak’s facility will feature a Class VII cleanroom space and replicate the company’s flexible packaging production capabilities in Europe.

Jobs at the facility will include site management, machine operators, quality technicians, material handlers and warehouse personnel.

Nelipak CEO Pat Chambliss said: “Important factors in our decision to locate our first North American flexible packaging operation in Forsyth County and Winston-Salem include an attractive geographic area with an available new building, a skilled local workforce, a regional emphasis on training and education, and an overall favorable business climate for healthcare-related manufacturing.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm and support for this project in the local community and look forward to a long-term partnership.”

The company has secured a performance-based grant of US$72,000 from the One North Carolina Fund to facilitate its expansion in the state.

North Carolina Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders added: “Winston-Salem is another Carolina Core anchor that is using its rich manufacturing history to transform its innovation economy.

“Nelipak will greatly benefit from our central East Coast location, a well-educated workforce, and partnership in training systems that will support the company’s North American operations for many years to come.”

Based in Cranston, Rhode Island, Nelipak manufactures rigid and flexible packaging solutions for medical devices, diagnostics, pharmaceutical drug delivery and other demanding healthcare applications.

To support the development of innovative sustainable healthcare packaging solutions, the company offers in-house design, prototyping, tooling, simulation, validation, laboratory, and other value-added services, as well as a line of tray-sealing equipment.

The firm operates five production sites in North America and five in Europe, employing more than 1,400 people in total.

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