BEAVER, WV (WOAY)- Gov. Jim Justice announced today that Klöckner Pentaplast, a global manufacturer and supplier of sustainable packaging products, has chosen its production facility in Beaver for its production expansion, adding thermoforming capabilities to further grow their sustainable food tray offer for the North America market.
With this expansion, Klöckner Pentaplast, also known as kp, supports the continuous, increased demand for a higher percentage of post-consumer recycled content (PCR), in various food, consumer and health packaging applications. The investment will bring about several million dollars in economic development to the area and create 21 full-time jobs.
“This is truly a great day and a terrific announcement,” Gov. Justice said. “I want to thank all the good people at kp from the bottom of my heart for their commitment to West Virginia and Beaver, and for being a strong local employer over the last 20 years.
“Expansions like this are just more evidence of all the goodness we have going on right now in West Virginia,” Gov. Justice continued. “From bringing in surplus after surplus, all with no new taxes, to getting to a point where we can look into pathways to potentially eliminating the state income tax, a lot of people on the outside are realizing that West Virginia is the diamond in the rough they’ve all missed.”
“Klöckner Pentaplast is very pleased to announce this expansion today along with Gov. Justice and representatives from the State of West Virginia and Raleigh County Commission,” said Klöckner Pentaplast’s representative, Mark Gonyar. “We’ve been honored to be part of West Virginia’s economy these last 20 years and look forward to continuing our partnership with the state for many years to come.”
Klöckner Pentaplast’s broad portfolio of packaging and product films and services are used in the sustainable food packaging, consumer goods as well as pharmaceutical and medical device industries. The company’s packaging protects product integrity and brand reputation while assuring safety and consumer health. With global sales exceeding $2 billion, the company is also a leader in sustainability and partners with retailers, recyclers and other groups to eliminate plastic waste and pollution.
“With expansions over the years, Klöckner Pentaplast has proven that they believe in West Virginia,” said West Virginia Secretary of Commerce Ed Gaunch. “I want to thank them for choosing our incredible state for this expansion and for continuing to enhance the local economy and further develop our workforce.”
The company established its facility in Beaver in 2000. Klöckner Pentaplast chose to expand its operations in West Virginia due to Beaver’s proximity to customers, local workforce availability, and regional transportation infrastructure.
“Raleigh County is honored that Klöckner Pentaplast has chosen to expand their operations in Beaver, West Virginia,” said Raleigh County Commission President, Dave Tolliver. “We stand ready to continue to support their company as they positively impact Raleigh County and the New River Gorge region with their dedication to creating great jobs in southern West Virginia.”
Founded in 1965 in Montabaur, Germany, Klöckner Pentaplast has operations in 18 countries and employs more than 5,900 people committed to serving customers worldwide in over 60 locations, including 32 production sites.
“From the standpoint of kp, we want you to love West Virginia and embrace West Virginia like you never have before, because we are really on the move,” Gov. Justice said. “As we continue on the move, I promise we will never lose sight of the fact that West Virginia really appreciates you.
“West Virginia truly loves you for being here, and we want you to be so successful it’s unbelievable,” Gov. Justice continued. “I’m a business guy and we want you to be extremely profitable in all that you’re doing.”