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Global food packaging manufacturer opens first U.S. location in Rolla with ground breaking ceremony

insight24Global food packaging manufacturer Brodrene Hartmann A/S opened its first U.S. location in Rolla, Missouri, with a ground breaking ceremony and event. The $30 million project is expected to bring 50 jobs to the area by the start of 2017.

“By choosing to locate their first U.S. facility in Missouri, Hartmann joins a resurgent manufacturing industry that has helped increase employment in the Show-Me State to a record high,” said Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. “Missouri’s highly-skilled workers, central location, and pro-business climate provide a strong foundation for Hartmann to build on its success. I’m proud to welcome this global leader to Missouri as we continue to create good jobs and grow our economy.”

Brodrene Hartmann is the world’s leading manufacturer of molded-fiber egg packaging and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of machinery for producing molded-fiber packaging.

Hartmann plans to add 20,000 sq. ft. to an existing facility in Rolla, bringing its total square footage to 354,000 sq. ft., and will produce sustainably made, molded-fiber egg cartons for the U.S. market.

“I appreciate the State of Missouri, the Missouri Partnership, and the Rolla Regional Economic Commission for their professionalism during the location strategy and final decision-making process,” said Gerry Lavis, President of Hartmann North America. “The central location with improved transportation access from the I-44 corridor and intermodal rail connections in St. Louis and Kansas City will allow us to quickly connect with our customers across the country.  Here, we have found an excellent regional manufacturing workforce and a competitive business climate overall, which factored into the final decision to locate to Rolla.”

With its strategic location, globally connected infrastructure, stable fiscal atmosphere, economic diversity, competitive business and labor costs, certified work-ready communities, highly-skilled and hard working talent, quality of life, reliable and inexpensive energy, available and affordable real estate, aggressive and performance-based incentives and a statewide commitment to attracting companies and investment, Missouri is a place where companies come to grow and thrive.