Canadian packaging company expanding operations in Thomasville

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Imaflex USA, Inc., a flexible packaging manufacturer, has announced a $15 million building expansion at its production site in Thomasville.

“We began our journey in Thomasville in 2006 with a multi-million-dollar investment, based on great optimism and strong growth plans,” highlighted Mr. Joe Abbandonato, president and CEO of Imaflex. “We’ve seen a substantial scaling of the business since then, resulting in the need for additional space and equipment. This initiative accommodates our needs, thus ensuring our long-term growth and competitiveness.

“In turn, it will benefit our current employees, while also creating new job opportunities in North Carolina. It gives me great pleasure to know that what was once a dream is now a reality.”

Imaflex USA is the U.S. operation for Imaflex Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of polyethylene and metalized films and bags. The company customizes innovative packaging solutions for the consumer and industrial markets, while also making innovative agricultural films.

The Thomasville expansion will allow the company to upgrade its extrusion operations and increase film making capacity in the current facility, while constructing a 25,000-sq.-ft. building to consolidate printing and distribution operations.

“Our plastics and chemicals industry consists of more than 2,600 businesses,” N.C. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders said in a statement. “North Carolina offers the sixth largest manufacturing workforce in the nation for the plastics sector and a strategic plan that prioritizes further developing the talent pipeline to help them thrive.”

The company received a performance-based grant of $75,000 from the One North Carolina Fund for the expansion – a program that provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs.

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