British packaging company DS Smith has broken ground on a new facility in Lebanon city of Boone County, Indiana, US.
The company expects to invest more than $100m in the construction of the 548,000ft² facility, to be located in the Lebanon Business Park.
Lebanon Mayor Matt Gentry said: “We are very pleased that DS Smith has chosen Lebanon and will join the growing cluster of international companies located in the Lebanon Business Park.
“It’s exciting to consider that the sustainable packaging solutions they produce here in Lebanon will be seen by consumers nationwide.”
Construction will be fully underway by the first week of February and the facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2019.
The company expects to employ up to 160 new, full-time employees by the end of 2020.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said: “It’s an exciting day for Indiana as we welcome another international company to the Hoosier state.
“DS Smith joins a network of more than 950 global business facilities in Indiana that are creating quality careers and providing opportunities for Hoosiers to thrive.
“I’m confident that Indiana’s pro-growth business climate and skilled workforce will support DS Smith’s future success in Boone County.”
London-based DS Smith has operations in 37 countries and employs 28,500 people. The facility in Lebanon will be the first of its kind in the US.
DS Smith North America packaging and paper CEO and president Jim Morgan said: “Packaging has to work harder than ever to transport products, build brands, delight customers and increase efficiency in supply chains.
“The highly automated facility we’re building in Lebanon will enhance our strategy to consistently deliver packaging designed and produced in line with consumers desire to reduce waste and improve sustainability.
“Lebanon is an excellent location for DS Smith to continue this important work, and we look forward to soon serving the Midwest region.”
Boone County Economic Development Corporation executive director Molly Whitehead said: “We are excited that DS Smith is bringing their innovative technology to Lebanon.
“The jobs they will bring are above the Boone County average wage and a welcomed addition to our community.”
Image: A rendering of DS Smith’s new facility in Lebanon, Indiana. Photo: Courtesy of Boone EDC.