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Packaging products company adding 79 jobs, investing $40M in Derry Township plant

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A company that makes corrugated paper packaging products plans to invest more than $40 million to open a plant in Central Pennsylvania.

The Wolf administration announced on Thursday that CorrChoice LLC, part of Ohio-based Greif Inc., is expanding to Derry Township.

The state Department of Community and Economic Development said the company will lease a 350,000-square-foot facility that is being built at the East Point Trade Center, an industrial park at 350 N. Lingle Ave., which is on the border between Dauphin and Lebanon counties.

The new plant is expected to create 79 jobs at CorrChoice.

CorrChoice has other facilities in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and North Carolina. Its parent company, Greif, has facilities in Luzerne and Bucks counties that employ a total of 97 people.

Greif officials said CorrChoice will use the new facility to expand its corrugated cardboard sheet feeder network in the Mid-Atlantic region.

"This investment enables us to continue our growth with existing strategic customers while providing more responsive service on a broader range of products," Tim Bergwall, group president of the paper packaging and services division at Greif, said in a statement. 

CorrChoice received a state funding package to help open the Pennsylvania facility. That package includes $200,000 in a Pennsylvania First grant, $158,000 in job creation tax credits and $35,550 in job training funding through WEDnetPA for workforce development.

The East Point Trade Center is a project of Texas-based Hillwood Investment Properties, a national real estate developer. Hillwood received land development approvals in 2013 to expand East Point, but the company did not have a tenant or construction plan at the time.

Hillwood officials were not immediately available for comment on the state's announcement. Derry Township officials said a building permit has not yet been pulled for construction of the facility.

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Jason Scott

Jason Scott

Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jscott@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal.

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