Wolf Administration: Poland-Based Manufacturer to Establish Aluminum Can Manufacturing Facility and North American Center of Excellence in Lackawanna County, Create Over 400 Jobs

first_img July 15, 2020 Wolf Administration: Poland-Based Manufacturer to Establish Aluminum Can Manufacturing Facility and North American Center of Excellence in Lackawanna County, Create Over 400 Jobs Economy,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced that the CANPACK Group will redevelop a former brownfield site in Lackawanna County, establishing an aluminum can manufacturing facility and North American Center of Excellence.An international manufacturer of aluminum and steel cans and glass bottles for the food and beverage sector and a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based GIORGI GLOBAL HOLDINGS, INC., CANPACK Group’s investment will create 400 new good-paying jobs for Pennsylvanians.“CANPACK is known throughout the world for its manufacturing strength, and we are thrilled that the company has chosen Pennsylvania for its entry into North America,” said Gov. Wolf. “This company is making a historic investment in Lackawanna County, creating good-paying jobs for hundreds of Pennsylvanians, putting an abandoned brownfield site into productive use, and creating additional revenue for the local community.”CANPACK’s commitment includes the acquisition and demolition of a blighted 1 million-square-foot facility on a 102-acre brownfield site in Olyphant Borough, where it will establish a 908,000-square-foot aluminum can manufacturing facility and operations center, including a customer experience center portraying CANPACK’s R&D and lithographic capabilities, its first in the United States.The company has pledged to invest nearly $366 million into the project and will create more than 400 executive, professional and technical manufacturing jobs within three years. This project marks the ninth largest capital investment in the Governor Action Team’s history, bringing regional executive-level positions and the largest manufacturing project in the Greater Scranton Area since Proctor & Gamble in 1966.“Since we first invested in CANPACK over 30 years ago, it has grown from a single steel food can manufacturing site in Poland to a true multinational packaging manufacturer with nearly 8,000 employees and 28 manufacturing sites located in Europe, South America, India, the Middle East, and Africa. We are extremely excited to bring CANPACK into the United States, the world’s largest aluminum beverage can market,” said Peter Giorgi, president and CEO of Giorgi Global Holdings, Inc. “Despite many attractive locations, we chose Pennsylvania not only because it’s my home and home for many of GIORGI GLOBAL HOLDINGS’ other agricultural and food packaging businesses but also because of the warm welcome we have received from Governor Wolf and the Governor’s Action Team, the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Department of Environmental Protection, Senator John Blake, the Mid-Valley School District, Lackawanna County and the Borough of Olyphant.”“CANPACK is a great company with a phenomenal growth platform and we are absolutely thrilled to be entering the US market where we will be better able to serve our global customers’ beverage can needs,” said Roberto Villaquiran, CANPACK’s CEO. “In addition, investing in the conversion of a brownfield site to a state-of-the-art aluminum can manufacturing facility and operations center, which creates local jobs and benefits the community, is consistent with CANPACK’s focus on sustainability and being a responsible corporate citizen that gives back to the local community.”For this important brownfield redevelopment project, CANPACK received a proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for $6 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) funding. The project was coordinated by 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.“For generations, the site of this development has been a source of income, employment and pride for thousands of Lackawanna County families. I am thrilled that CANPACK is bringing hundreds of much-needed and good-paying jobs back to our region and, specifically to this expansive industrial site in Olyphant,” said Sen. John Blake. “I applaud the Wolf Administration and the Governor’s Action Team for their work to attract CANPACK to our region and for again showing the value of public-private partnerships for our region, our residents and our economy.”The CANPACK Group is a global group of packaging companies with its operational headquarters in Krakow, Poland. The CANPACK Group’s operations include aluminum can manufacturing, glass bottle production, the manufacture of food and industrial packaging, and the production of crown caps. CANPACK’s ultimate parent is GIORGI GLOBAL HOLDINGS, INC., a global holding company with its operational headquarters in Blandon, Pennsylvania and with operations in the agricultural, food and packaging sectors.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

European firms pay more into UK DB schemes

first_img Country 2015 contributions The consultancy firm analysed 75 UK-based DB schemes attached to companies located in Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden. The schemes had aggregated liabilities of more than £100bn (€117.3bn), based on data up to 31 December 2015. Andrew Vaughan, partner at Barnett Waddingham, said: “These figures raise an interesting question as to why are European companies with UK final salary pensions paying proportionately more than their UK counterparts to fund deficits?“One possible explanation is that European headquartered companies have tended to adopt a more cautious approach globally to managing their pension obligations. It will be interesting to see how this pans out post-Brexit.”In 2015, the 75 companies contributed £1.6bn in total to their UK schemes, broken down as follows:  Scandinavia £117m European-headquartered companies are on track to close the deficits of their UK pension funds sooner than their British counterparts, according to Barnett Waddingham.Continental companies are paying an average of £5,700 (€6,682) per employee into schemes they sponsor in the UK, the consultancy firm found, versus £2,400 on average for FTSE350-listed companies.This meant European firms could close their accounting deficits “in about six years”, Barnett Waddingham said, “nearly a year ahead of the FTSE350”. This is despite the cost of operating defined benefit (DB) schemes making up a greater proportion of total staff costs for European companies.“While UK subsidiaries only contribute 6% of global revenue, they account for 30% of global DB pension obligations,” Barnett Waddingham added.   France £479mcenter_img  Netherlands £99m  Spain and Italy £530m  Germany £399mlast_img read more

Grandfather inspires Donegal woman to tap into the gin business

first_imgA new brand of alcohol – Muff Liquor – is launching in Donegal next month with a fun and cheeky identity, but instilled within it is a story of hard work and craftsmanship from a well-known Donegal farmer.Greencastle native Laura Bonner moved back to Donegal in 2017 to co-found The Muff Liquor Company with her business partner Tom Russell from Manchester.The first product of the company is a Muff Irish Potato Craft Gin that’s set to launch on February 3rd. The name of the gin might raise a few eyebrows around the world, but in an interview with DonegalWoman.ie, Laura said she was confident that the taste will speak louder than the title: Laura said: “The name is something I thought of while back and I think it perfectly represents the fun and cheeky identity we want to establish with the company. I have a feeling the name is going to stand out amongst the other brands on the shelf behind the bar!”Laura’s grandfather Philip McClenaghan was a well-known Inishowen potato farmer in Greencastle who, she says ‘could literally turn his hand to anything’.“One of his many hobbies was to make a potato based poitín so the idea of making a unique based spirit just stuck with me,” Laura said.The Muff Liquor Company founders: Tom Russell and Laura BonnerLaura has previously worked in London and Dublin in property, PR and sales before moving home to pursue her business dream of creating craft liquor. She said couldn’t be prouder to have her grandfather’s image as a representation of the ideas and values of the company:“Behind this fun and cheeky exterior, there are the core ideas of hard work, respect for tradition and making something born of the land and crafted by hand. “These were ideas Granda McClenaghan passed down through my family and it’s something I want to make sure is at the centre of everything we do,” she said.Just like Granda McClenaghan’s brews, the Muff Gin is made from potatoes, which Laura says gives it a smooth texture. Advertisement Mandarin, lemon, rosemary and elderflower and one secret ingredient add fresh and vibrant flavour with sweet notes to the drink, which will be best served with straight-up tonic or elderflower tonic.Gin has had a number of years reigning as the favourite spirit of many, but Laura believes the best is yet to come.“I don’t think gin has really hit its peak yet. I think people still love trying new flavours and exploring new tastes,” she said.Muff Gin is entering the market at the height of its popularity, while the company directors hope to bring vodka back with the launch of a premium potato-based vodka in the coming months. Advertisement Tom and Laura are concentrating on launching the gin in the Asian and Middle East market this year before establishing the brand in the USA, Asia, Australia, and Europe.The gin is currently being distilled in Co. Offaly at the home of Mór Gin, although Laura and Tom are planning to build their own distillery in Inishowen soon. The dream is to have a distillery, head office and visitor centre in Donegal which will hire local people and employ local farmers to source ingredients.“A connection to the local area is very important to me and while my ambition is to be an international brand, the local community of Muff and Inishowen will be at the heart of it,” Laura saidWe’ll be seeing Muff Gin in pubs, cocktail bars and high-end restaurants at home and internationally after it launches on February 3rd.For those who can’t wait to try it, Laura assures us the gin will be readily available in Inishowen – where the soul of the company resides.  Grandfather inspires Donegal woman to tap into the gin business was last modified: January 17th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:alcoholBusinessEntrepreneurginlaura bonnermuff liquor companyVodkalast_img read more