updated: 8/24/2005 11:44:23 AM

Mullinix Packages Plans Fort Wayne Expansion; Adds Jobs

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Fort Wayne-based Mullinix Packages, Inc. says it will invest $18 million to expand its operations and will add 60 jobs over the next 18 months.

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The manufacturer of plastic packaging for the food industry says the expansion will include a building addition, equipment and computer hardware.

Source: Inside INdiana Business

Press Release

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (August 24, 2005)— Governor Mitch Daniels announced today that Mullinix Packages, Inc., a Fort Wayne-based manufacturer of thermoformed plastic packaging for the food industry, will invest $17.95 million in expanding its manufacturing facility at 3511 Engle Road in Fort Wayne. The expansion will include a building addition, as well as the purchase of machinery, equipment, and computer hardware. Approximately 60 new jobs will be added to the current workforce of 300 full-time employees.

“Strengthening Indiana’s manufacturing base is essential to our economic recovery,” said Governor Daniels. “The talented workforce we have in Allen County and in counties throughout the state is essential to our efforts to help companies like Mullinix decide to expand operations in Indiana.”

The Mullinix Packages facility in southwest Fort Wayne currently includes 180,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space and a recently opened 200,000 sq. ft. warehouse and distribution center. The expansion will add 10,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space to the existing building and also include manufacturing machinery and equipment valued at $12 million and computer hardware worth $125,000. New employees to be added through 2006 include engineers, supervisors, electricians and operators, in addition to various product packers.

“Customer satisfaction continues to drive increased demand for our products and services, and we are thrilled to begin yet another expansion here in Indiana to meet this demand,” said George Lueken, chairman of Mullinix Packages, Inc. “Mullinix has long been based on providing our customers in the food industry with the collaboration and expertise to meet each customer’s unique packaging needs.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with the city of Fort Wayne, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance, and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, worked together in providing an incentive package to lure the Mullinix expansion to Indiana.

The economic development incentives offered by the IEDC include:

Approximately $145,000 in training grants from the Skills Enhancement Fund (SEF) to train Indiana resident employees;
Up to $50,000 in training grants for technology professionals through the Technology Enhancement Certifications for Hoosiers (TECH) fund;
Up to $375,000 over 10 years in Economic Development for a Growing Economy tax credits (EDGE);

“The impressive growth of Mullinix Packages is a reflection of the company’s sharp focus on customer satisfaction and product innovation,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard. “We are glad the company continues to benefit from the advantages offered by this community in logistics, workforce, and its overall business environment.”

The Fort Wayne City Council will consider tax abatement on eligible real property improvements, in addition to production, IT and logistics equipment purchased as part of the expansion project.

About Mullinix Packages

Incorporated in 1970, Mullinix Packages, Inc., designs and manufactures innovative food packaging solutions for automated applications, specific product shapes and designs, particular performance characteristics and precise selection of materials. Mullinix produces packaging made of dual ovenable crystallized polyethylene terephthalate (CPET) for freezer to oven use, amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (APET) for clear containers and polypropylene for microwave-only applications. More information is available at www.mullinixpackages.com.

Individuals interested in a position Mullinix Packages may submit resumes to the WorkOne Center at the joint DWD/JobWorks office located at 201 East Rudisill Boulevard. Individuals may also email resumes to rsheirbon@jobworksinc.org.

Source: Indiana Economic Development Corp.

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