Empire State Development Announces ProAmpac to Build Innovation Center in Monroe County

February 18, 2020

Leading Flexible Packaging Manufacturer Will Build 25,000-Square-Foot Addition to Facility in the Town of Ogden; Will Hire up to 40 New Employees

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

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that leading flexible packaging manufacturer ProAmpac will expand its existing facility to establish an innovation center in the Town of Ogden, Monroe County. The company will build a 25,000- square-foot addition to its facility on Manitou Road in the Town of Ogden. Because of the expansion, ProAmpac plans to hire up to 40 new employees. The innovation center will focus on packaging development and design and will also host regional and global consumer packaged goods companies and vendors for events and training.  ProAmpac had considered building the innovation center out of state but chose to expand at its current location thanks to the support from New York State.

"ProAmpac’s decision to expand in Monroe County is proof-positive that we are attracting 21st century companies that are fueling the economic momentum helping to move the Finger Lakes forward," said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler. “This expansion will boost the local manufacturing sector, provide jobs strengthening the regional economy and support a more sustainable community for years to come."

ProAmpac is a leading manufacturer of flexible packaging with 27 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The global flexible packaging company brings brand owners and packaging experts together to accelerate advanced technology and increase speed-to-market, package customization and consumer differentiation. The company manufactures innovative and sustainable packing for customers in the food and beverage, health and beauty, lawn and garden, pet, retail and secure packaging industries.

ProAmpac CEO Greg Tucker said, “This expansion of our new Collaboration & Innovation Center (CIC) solidifies ProAmpac’s commitment to our customers. The growth of our Design and Sample Lab (DASL), analytical testing lab and additional new equipment offer opportunities for new product innovations and additional sustainability offerings in the future. By solidifying our collaboration with the State of New York, ProAmpac is committed to creating jobs that will further expand our offerings in flexible packaging.”

ESD is assisting ProAmpac’s innovation center project with up to $1.35 million through a capital grant and through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. Monroe County and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting the company. ProAmpac expects the almost $8 million project to be completed by June 2021.

State Senator Rob Ortt said, “It is great to see an employer like ProAmpac making this commitment to Monroe County and New York State. This will not only help create new jobs, but it will also create a venue for industry professionals from outside our region to visit and better their craft. By constructing a facility that will double as a training and industry event center, we will increase foot traffic to our area and help stimulate our surrounding economy.” 

State Assemblyman Peter Lawrence said, “Today’s announcement is another great example of how we are retaining our workforce and cultivating new growth in a competitive industry. I would like to thank my partners in government for providing the resources and support to ProAmpac in their continued investment to our community.”

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said, “We are thrilled that ProAmpac is choosing to grow its innovative manufacturing facility right here, bringing the kinds of jobs and investment we need to build a brighter future for Monroe County.

Greater Rochester Enterprise President & CEO Matt Hurlbut said, “ProAmpac leaders’ decision to establish their corporate innovation center here underscores the depth and breadth of packaging expertise, talent, and connectivity to R&D resources available in the Greater Rochester, N.Y., region.”

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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. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in.

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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