Governor Wolf Announces New Jobs in Luzerne County with Establishment of American Paper Bag Facility

January 10, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that American Paper Bag LLC (APB), a manufacturer of retail paper bags, will establish a corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Sugar Notch Borough, Luzerne County, a move that will create 38 new jobs.

“Pennsylvania provides a wide range of advantages to manufacturing companies. From a robust and highly skilled workforce, to a prime location with an excellent transportation infrastructure, to an exceptional quality of life for employees and their families – the commonwealth delivers on all counts,” said Governor Wolf. “I am pleased to make the announcement that American Paper Bag is moving to the commonwealth, and I wish them continued success as part of our well establish manufacturing industry.”

APB will establish its first corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility at an approximately 42,000-square-foot existing building in Hanover Industrial Estates. The company will invest $5,425,000 million in the project, with spending focused primarily in proprietary machining technology. Additionally, the company has committed to the creation of 38 new, full-time jobs within three years and will begin hiring in April 2017.

“Having researched sites across the U.S .and after lengthy discussions with both the Governor’s Action Team and The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber the decision was straightforward,” said Ian Robson, CEO, American Paper Bag. “The support from all sides we have received was head and shoulders above anything else and we look forward to a long future of sustainable manufacturing in Pennsylvania.”

APB received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $38,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs and $19,550 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training. The company has also been encouraged to and has applied for a $1.4 million low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).

The project was coordinated by DCED’s Office of International Business Development along with the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber.

“Today’s announcement represents a huge win for Northeastern Pennsylvania and demonstrates how effective we can be when local and state entities work together for the greater good,” Joseph Boylan, Vice President, Economic Development, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber. “This team approach allowed us the opportunity to develop and deliver a competitive and winning workforce and funding strategy to attract American Paper Bag to the region – competing against several locations in North America.  Congratulations to Ian Robson and American Paper Bag – a welcome addition to Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

APB is a manufacturer of retail paper carrier bags bringing international experience to target the North American market with a redesigned paper bag that utilizes fewer raw materials and is environmentally friendly.

Last year, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs.

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