Governer Bobby Jindal and Graphic Packaging International Inc. announced to upgrade production machinery in company’s paper mill at West Monroe with an investment of $41.5 million.Graphic Packaging will retain 1,340 employees at Louisiana sites with the modernization project.
Graphic Packaging International’s new investment will include an expansion of the facility’s fiber storage capacity. The project also will upgrade the dryer section, coater and stock cleaning areas of the West Monroe paper mill. The investment is expected to reduce the site’s environmental footprint, including improvements in the handling of solid waste.
The paper mill project follows a previous Graphic Packaging International enhancement of its consumer carton production in West Monroe, where Gov. Jindal and the company announced an $8.6 million expansion in June 2012. The project created 47 new direct jobs and retained 456 existing jobs at the company’s carton sites. That expansion enabled the company to quadruple container production at the consumer carton plant and introduce innovative packaging for beverage product lines that saved 15,000 tons of paper annually and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent.
Company Name : Graphic Packaging International Inc.
Location : West Monroe, Louisiana
Construction Type : Upgradation
Starting Year : 2014
Estimated Cost : $ 41.5 Million