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Thailand-Based Group Picks Indiana for First Midwest Operations

Posted by chamberadmin on March 10, 2015

ANDERSON, Ind. (March 10, 2015) – Royal Interpack North America Inc. (RPNA), a manufacturer of recycled plastic rigid food packaging, announced plans today to locate its operations here, creating up to 135 new jobs by 2018.

RPNA is a member of the Thailand-based Royal Group, which also operates a fully-integrated PET bottle recycling plant and an FDA-approved extrusion and thermoforming operation in Riverside, California. The company will invest $11.86 million to lease, renovate and equip a 40,000 square-foot facility at 3619 W. 73rd Street in Anderson. With building upgrades already underway, the company expects to be operating in the facility by late April, producing approximately 24 million pounds of clam shell containers annually for fruits, vegetables, bakery, deli and other food service items that are sold to processors, packers and distributors, with plans to increase capacity to fifty million pounds by 2016.
 
“Pick a point on the map, and you’re likely to find the home of a Hoosier employer,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Indiana is scattered with international companies, each choosing to locate their U.S. operations right here. RPNA may be one of Indiana’s first Thai businesses, but if trends continue, other companies from the region will be soon to follow.”
 
RPNA currently employs more than 100 associates at its California facilities and has already begun hiring machine operators and accountants. Interested applicants may apply at jobs(at)royalinterpackusa.com.
 
“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.
 
Founded in 2011, RPNA uses state-of-the-art extrusion and processing systems from Germany. The company will process R-PET plastic sheets from the recycling process into FDA-approved, environmentally-friendly and sustainable products in Anderson. As the company’s second U.S.-based operations, RPNA’s Indiana facility will be its hub catering to Midwest, East Coast and Canadian markets. RPNA produces up to 100 percent R-PET packaging solutions, which meets recognized standards for health and safety, quality, hygiene and the environment, as certified by the British Retail Consortium, IOP Standard, the FDA and the American Institute of Baking. The company is also ISO 9001:2008-certified.
 
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Royal Interpack North America, Inc. up to $675,500 in conditional tax credits based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Anderson will consider additional incentives.
 
“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’s selection of Indiana for its first Midwest operations comes on the heels of more than 35 international companies just last year securing deals to expand or locate in Indiana. These companies, taking full advantage of Indiana’s strong business climate, plan to invest $1.3 billion into Indiana and create more than 2,700 new jobs for Hoosiers in the coming years.

About Royal Interpack
Royal Inter Pack specializes in the design and manufacture of innovative plastic packaging for fresh produce, fresh cut fruits, bakery, Grab N Go packaging concept, etc. RPNA is a leader in providing sustainable solutions for plastic packaging and is committed to reducing environmental impact. RPNA 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. RPNA has a strong distribution network throughout North America to efficiently service this market segment. Never losing sight of practicality, we unite innovation with experience to provide packaging solutions with impact. For more information, visit www.royalinterpackusa.com.
 
About IEDC
Created in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence. Victor Smith serves as the Indiana Secretary of Commerce and Eric Doden is the president of the IEDC.

 

The IEDC oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment. For more information about IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.
 

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Media Contacts:
Pratik Makim (RPNA) – 817. 917.0390 or pratik(at)royalinterpackusa.com
Katelyn Prentice (IEDC) – 317.234.2294 or kprentice(at)iedc.in.gov