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Orland packaging manufacturer to expand, add jobs

PakLab, a flexible packaging manufacturer, plans to expand its Orland operations in Stueben County, creating 15 new jobs by 2016.

The Chino, Calif.-based manufacturer will invest $1.19 million to equip its current 100,000 square-foot facility. The new equipment, which will be installed by the fall, will help the company promote sustainability through production of flexible, convenience packaging.

"PakLab had multiple options on where to locate its growth, and it chose Indiana," said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. "With Indiana's great location at the crossroads of America, Indiana companies don't need to travel far to reach their customers. And with Hoosiers comprising the most dedicated workforce in the nation, Indiana is a state that works for growing businesses."

The company currently employs 35 people in Indiana, and 825 full-time across the U.S.

"We've enjoyed building a great relationship with the town of Orland and with Indiana," said Mario Tomei, president of Paklab's flexible packaging division. "We take great pride in being able to bring forward the investments that will in turn bring economic opportunities to the community."

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered PakLab up to $70,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of Orland approved additional incentives at the request the Steuben County Economic Development Corp.

"PakLab is a valued employer in Orland and Steuben County," said Kevin Kellett, president of the Orland Town Council. "This investment in new, state-of-the-art equipment is a good sign for the future of PakLab in Orland. The company had options as to where this new work was going to be placed. We're happy to work with the state and local economic development officials to support that work here in Indiana."

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