Huhtamaki plans ‘world class’ food and drink packaging plant in Goodyear, 300 new jobs

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Huhtamaki North America , a global company specializing in packaging for food and drinks, plans to open a new manufacturing and distribution center in Goodyear, Ariz., to serve west coast foodservice packaging and retail tableware markets. When completed, the 750,000-square-foot facility will produce paper drink cups, insulated hot cups, food containers, pressed paperboard plates and thermoformed plastic cups and lids.

The company expects capital investment at the site to exceed $100 million over the next two years and result in the creation of approximately 300 jobs. For career information, click here.

Goodyear, Ariz. is located 19 miles west of downtown Phoenix and within one day delivery of major markets in southern California.

“This open format space will provide the capability to build another world class asset,” Fred Betzen, Huhtamaki North America Vice President of Operations, said. “This facility gives us the ability to continue on our path of building 21st century work environments that are good for our customers, employees and communities. We are very excited for this expansion and looking forward to the growth it will create for our company.”

Huhtamaki will start using the facility as a distribution center in early 2017. Construction of infrastructure is expected to begin in Q2 2017. Commercial production is scheduled to begin in late 2017 and ramp up in 2018/2019.

“I am thrilled that Huhtamaki has selected Arizona as the ideal location to establish a new facility that will advance their business objectives,” said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. “Arizona continues to attract advanced manufacturing companies seeking growth due to our exceptional talent, modern infrastructure and advantageous geographic location. This project will create hundreds of new jobs for Arizona citizens, and I thank Huhtamaki for their investment in our state.”

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