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6 July, 2006 - 10:19 By Staff Reporter

RPC creates 102 new jobs in Pennsylvania

RPC Group, a global plastics manufacturer headquartered in Northants, has moved its North American headquarters to a new operational base in Pennsylvania, creating 102 new jobs for the local economy in the process.

RPC Group is Europe’s leading manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging and offers products made by all three conversion processes, blow moulding, injection moulding and thermoforming. It has 45 operations in 12 countries and employs more than 6,500 people.

The company’s subsidiary, RPC Bramlage WIKO-USA Inc., will locate its new manufacturing facility in the Morgantown Business Park.

The company bought a 65,000 sq ft facility on eight acres of land on Hemlock Road, which is its first precision injection molding facility.

RPC Bramlage WIKO-USA will manufacture rigid plastic packaging at the facility for the beauty/personal care, food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and consumer technical markets.

“As a global supplier to several multinational customers, our decision to introduce manufacturing capabilities in North America is a significant first step in RPC’s strategic long term planning,” said Mark Zolty, president, RPC Bramlage WIKO-USA Inc.

“An initial $13m investment was critical in establishing a first-class manufacturing facility to support the current and future packaging needs of our customers.”

“This site has been equ-ipped with a view towards strengthening our presence in North America for customers operating across a range of market sectors,” added Ron March, chief executive officer of RPC Group.

“This will give RPC the potential to further enhance our service in the region.”

RPC received a significant funding package from the state government to set up the new operation.

The Chester County Economic Development Council worked with the Governor’s Action Team and the Department of Comm-unity and Economic Development to assemble an investment package offer that includes a Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority loan of up to $1m; a $500k loan through the Machinery and Equipment Loan Fund; a $250k Opportunity Grant; $150k in Job Training Assistance funding; and $306k in Job Creation Tax Credits.

The company has also received a $2.5m loan through the Citizens Job Bank programme, which offers extremely low interest rate loans to companies that commit to creating or expanding jobs throughout Pennsylvania.

WIKO-USA Inc. was established in 1997 as a sales and marketing office for a German-based company before being acquired by RPC Group in June 2000.


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