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MUNCIE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – The US regional manager of Poland-based CANPACK Group says the state’s business climate was a major factor in the company’s decision to build its newest aluminum can manufacturing facility in Muncie. The company announced Tuesday that it will initially invest $ 380 million to build the 862,000 square foot facility and create 345 jobs over the next two years. Tom Johnson says collaboration among city, county, and state officials, as well as location readiness also helped make the decision.
In an interview with Inside INdiana Business host Gerry Dick, Johnson said the company was optimistic about the Indiana workforce.
“The Indiana commitment to making sure we have people available for the kind of work we need. I think we will offer a very competitive wage. I think our service package is also extremely competitive and I think we can really differentiate ourselves from our culture. Our culture is very customer and employee focused and we believe this is reflected in everything we do. “
CANPACK also says there is potential for further expansion, including an additional $ 110 million investment and 80 more jobs if needed. Johnson says they see unprecedented growth in the aluminum can market.
“Our competitors are expanding. We’re expanding, ”he said. “If we are in a position where some of our trading partners want to sign up for additional volume, we will do the enhancements to ensure we can support the market. That is what this is about – about entering a growth market in the USA and about supporting our partners with whom we have worked around the world. “
The aluminum can market has seen a massive surge in demand since the beginning of the pandemic, resulting in a shortage of aluminum cans that has caused companies of all kinds to adapt. Clay Robinson of Indianapolis-based Sun King Brewing Co. told Inside INdiana Business in March that the brewery had switched to other methods of reselling its canned beverages.
Johnson says the demand is unlike anything he’s seen before.
“In the US market alone, there are more than 10 billion cans in short supply. The US market imports cans from everywhere, and we’ve always been a self-sustaining market. So we look forward to adding capacity and going back, ”he said.
Construction of the Muncie plant is expected to begin this summer. Operations will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022.