Everybody uses cardboard boxes but did you ever wonder where they originate? One of the answers soon will be Elizabethtown.
Kruger Packaging, a company headquartered north of the border in Montreal, announced plans last week to establish a manufacturing plant in the T.J. Patterson Industrial Park on the west side of Elizabethtown.
State officials say Kruger is prepared to make a $114.2 million investment and create at least 147 jobs in its state-of-the-art packaging manufacturing operation.
The business, which was established in 1904 and still is owned by the same family, has a variety of manufacturing interests. Locally, it plans to manufacture corrugated boxes.
The term “corrugated” refers to a specific type of material composed of three sheets of container board. The two sheets on the outside are flat and the sheet in the middle has a rippled shape to provide strength.
Gov. Andy Beshear, local officials and business leaders all sounded excited about the decision.
“We look forward to welcoming Kruger to our business community and supporting their continued success as they bring new job opportunities to our residents,” Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory said in the announcement.
Let’s echo that sentiment. As a community, providing jobs that allow families to prosper is a priority. In order to receive the state’s performance-based incentives, Kruger committed to an annual target of 147 Kentucky-resident, full-time jobs across 10 years with an average hourly wage of $32.50, which reflects both benefits and pay.
More good paying jobs also raised the standard of expectation for other employers and thereby this announcement indirectly can help other individuals and families.
Although you may not recognize its name, Kruger also is a well-established solid organization. Founded in 1904, it’s a fourth-generation privately held family business with interests ranging from premium papers, publication paper products, tissue paper, containerboard products and cellulosic biomaterials. They even offer a line of wine and spirits.
It’s also a good neighbor, known across its 19 facilities in North America for its efforts as a recycler.
The local plant will be called Kruger Packaging (USA) and its 400,000-square-foot structure certainly is a welcomed addition to the region.
This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.