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Thai company creating jobs in Indiana

Royal Interpack North America, a Thai company that makes food packaging from recycled materials, announced last week it will open a manufacturing plant in Indiana at a cost of over US$11 million that will create 135 new jobs for Americans by 2018 and help boost the local economy. 
 
“Indiana is a key strategic location in our expansion plans due to its proximity and logistical access to target markets,” said Visanu Chawla, chief executive officer of Royal Group, the Thailand-based parent company of Royal Interpack North America (RPNA).
 
RPNA already employs more than 100 people at a similar facility in California and has already begun hiring machine operators and accountants in Anderson, Indiana, where its newly acquired plant, a 40,000 square foot facility, is being upgraded and customized. RPNA's Indiana facility will be its hub catering to the Midwest, East Coast and Canadian markets.  Founded in 2011, RPNA uses state-of-the-art extrusion and processing systems from Germany.
 
The company expects to be operating in the facility by late April, producing approximately 24 million pounds of clamshell containers annually for fruits, vegetables, bakery, deli and other food service items that are sold to processors, packers and distributors.  It plans to increase capacity to fifty million pounds by 2016.
 
“We are proud to welcome Royal Interpack to Anderson,” said Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith.  “Royal Interpack is a leading supplier in the packaging industry and emphasizes environmentally sound practices. We are pleased to continue Anderson's record job growth and further expand our international reputation as a prime global business destination with the addition of Royal Interpack.”
 
Royal Interpack specializes in the design and manufacture of innovative plastic packaging for fresh produce, fresh cut fruits, bakery, Grab N Go packaging concept.  The company is a leading manufacturer and supplier of custom-designed plastic containers to North American fruit and vegetable growers, shippers, re-packers and other food suppliers and has a strong distribution network in North America.
 
Parent firm Royal Group has grown from a trading company in the 1950s to a multinational corporation with a presence in over 30 countries and with offices in the U.S.A., U.K., Malaysia and Singapore. Royal Group has diversified into manufacturing, metal trading, automotive, rigid packaging, PET recycling and PET extrusion.
 
PET is the abbreviation for polyethylene terephthalate, the most common thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family and is used in fibers for clothing, containers for liquids and foods, thermoforming for manufacturing, and in combination with glass fiber for engineering resins.
 
See the original article at Thailand e-Focus

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