Expansion could net 15 new jobs for Steuben County

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ORLAND, Ind. (WANE)– A flexible packaging manufacturer announced plans Monday to expand its operations in the Steuben County town of Orland, creating up to 15 new jobs by 2016.

PakLab will invest $1.19 million to equip its current 100,000 square-foot facility in Orland, according to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, or IEDC.

“PakLab had multiple options on where to locate its growth, and it chose Indiana,” said Eric Doden, president of the IEDC. “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.”

PakLab plans to begin hiring for manufacturing line positions later this year. Interested applicants may apply online at www.paklab.com/careers.

“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 IEDC 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 of the Steuben County Economic Development Corporation.

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