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Nice-Pak to expand plant

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Aleasha Sandley asandley@reporter-times.com
March 19, 2011

MOORESVILLE

Wet-wipe manufacturer Nice-Pak, which employs more than 500 people at its Mooresville facility, will expand its overall capacity and introduce new equipment to the plant in Mooresville.

In a news release issued Wednesday, Nice-Pak Chairman and CEO Robert Julius said the company would close its Green Bay, Wis., facility and relocate production to its expanded manufacturing and distribution facilities in Mooresville and Jonesboro, Ark. The move is expected to further the company’s leadership position and enhance its global sustainability platform, according to the release.

“Nice-Pak produces over 125 billion pre-moistened wipes annually focused on improving family health and wellness,” Julius said. “The installation of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and advanced packaging technology is consistent with Nice-Pak’s leadership role in the wet-wipe industry and involves a well-orchestrated reconfiguration that has been designed to benefit current and future customers.”

Morgan County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Joy McCarthy Sessing said the move was “a wonderful thing” for Mooresville and would add high-tech equipment to the tax rolls.

“A lot of times the more technologically advanced machinery makes more and better products, but it doesn’t necessarily require more workers,” she said. “They’re bringing new and more advanced equipment, which will, of course, go on the tax rolls.

“People will have to be trained, and that must mean that they think we’re a pretty good location and our workforce is pretty good. As far as I know, it’s more high-tech or more technologically-advanced equipment to do the same products that they have been doing, mainly the pre-moistened wipes.”

Nice-Pak Vice President of Human Resources Dennis Brody said the move would not have a significant impact on the number of jobs available in the company.

“We will be offering opportunities for the people in Wisconsin to take up opportunities either in Indiana or Arkansas, but they will not be replacing anybody with additional positions,” he said.

Sessing said the MCEDC did not work with Nice-Pak specifically on its Mooresville expansion but helped it obtain a training ground for its workers, which was funded by the state.

According to Julius, the move addresses Nice-Pak’s goal of providing its customers with the most cost-effective solutions for delivering more efficient production, transportation, distribution and sustainability to meet its customers’ needs.

Founded in 1957 and headquartered in Orangeburg, N.Y., Nice-Pak designs, manufactures, markets and distributes branded and private label wet-wipe products for personal care, baby, health, hand sanitizing, beauty and household applications.

According to the company’s website, the Mooresville facility, 1 Nice-Pak Road, opened in 1981, employs 539 workers and manufactures baby, toddler, beauty and personal care products.

Copyright: Reporter-Times.com/MD-Times.com 2011

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