Empire State Development Announces Premier Packaging Corporation Will Expand Operations Creating Close To 40 New Jobs In Monroe County

April 5, 2021

Paper Board Packaging Manufacturer Will Move into 105,000 Square-Foot Facility in the Town of Henrietta

Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Premier Packaging Corporation, having outgrown its current space, will move into a 105,000 square-foot, newly constructed facility located in Wiregrass Business Park in the Town of Henrietta. The company provides paper board packaging to some of the country’s largest digital photo finishing, food packaging, and medical device companies. In order to better accommodate demand for its’ products, Premier Packaging Corporation will additionally purchase new machinery and equipment. The company has committed to creating up to 37 new jobs as part of the expansion project; 52 jobs will be retained.

Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Premier Packaging Corporation’s new facility, at the state-of-the-art Wiregrass Business Park, will allow this leading company to meet growing client demand. Their commitment to expand in the Finger Lakes also reflects a regional talent pool and unique assets that attract top-notch businesses. New York's targeted support for forward-thinking projects like this one will continue to strengthen the economy and create top quality jobs in Monroe County and across the state.”  

Premier Packaging Corporation was founded in 1989 and was acquired by DSS, Inc. in 2010. DSS is a multinational company, operating businesses in consumer packaging, blockchain security, direct marketing, healthcare, medical real estate, and securitized digital assets.  Premier has been a market leader in providing innovative and secure solutions for consumer paperboard packaging for over a quarter of a century.

“Premier’s continued success is the result of our team’s dedication and commitment to quality and customer care. Leading with this customer-centric approach has paved the way for expansion through new business opportunities and continues to strengthen our organization’s culture. We look forward to the next phase of expanding and investing in our products, service, and team,” said Premier Packaging Corporation President and DSS Chief Operating Officer, Jason Grady. “We are grateful to ESD for providing Premier with an opportunity to advance our business. As a multinational company we had several options when considering a new location, but with the help of ESD and NYS, we are fortunate to continue to call this area home.  The upstate NY and finger lakes region is an Ideal place for us to operate our business, service our customer base, and further expand our offerings.”

ESD is assisting Premier Packaging by providing up to $700,000 in Excelsior Tax Credits in exchange for job creation commitments. Monroe County, Rochester Gas & Electric and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting with the company’s continued growth. The total project cost has been placed at $6.2 million. Premier Packaging expects to be operational in the new space by the end of 2021.

For additional information regarding Premier Packaging visit: https://www.dsssecure.com/packaging/.

For additional Information regarding DSS, Inc.: visit: https://www.dssinc.com/.

State Senator Patrick Gallivan said, “I commend Premier Packaging for its decision to expand in the Town of Henrietta.  In addition to the new jobs created and the existing jobs being retained, the company’s commitment and investment sends a positive message about the advantages of doing business in the Finger Lakes Region.” 

State Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “I applaud Jason Grady and the team at Premier Packaging Corporation for their commitment to our region. Today’s announcement by the company and Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler shows that the Rochester area has a strong, diverse, and skilled workforce and is in an economic position to create jobs for the future. As Chair of the Assembly’s Economic Development Committee, I look forward to Premier Packaging Corporation growth and the addition of new jobs at their new Henrietta campus.”

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said, “Premier Packaging Corporation’s sustained success and commitment to Monroe County is reflected in their decision to expand locally. I am pleased that Premier Packaging recognizes the many advantages operating in our area offers, and their role as a business leader in the Finger Lakes region is exciting now and for the future. I want to extend a thank you to President, Jason Grady, for this decision and all those involved, including the folks at Greater Rochester Enterprise, Finger Lakes Forward and Empire State Development for their continued support of our region’s economic health.”

Henrietta Town Supervisor Stephen L. Schultz said, “Henrietta has become a hotbed of printing technologies and production companies, often related to the printing degrees offered by RIT, thanks to innovative companies like Premier Packaging. We look forward to the day they open shop in one of the rapidly growing industrial portions of town and are excited that they chose our community for their continued growth.

Bob Duffy, President and CEO of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Committee Co-Chair, said, “We congratulate Premier Packaging on their upcoming expansion and welcome them to the Town of Henrietta, where they are sure to find the resources and talent needed for continuing growth and success. Greater Rochester Chamber is grateful for the State’s continued investment in job creation, which will help strengthen our regional economy.”

Matt Hurlbutt, President and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, “The Greater Rochester, NY region’s packaging assets and expertise, along with a competitive cost of doing business, made our community the perfect location for Premier Packaging Corporation’s expansion.”

Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward 

Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $8.07 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.

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