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Amcor expands to accomodate growing workload

Business has not stopped growing for Amcor, Inc. since they started from scratch 17 years ago in McDuffie County. And they are currently under construction for expansion.

"The existing building is 20,000 square feet. We've been in business since 1992, and have been growing at a rate of approximately 30 percent per year. Based on the expansion that we are in the midst of at the moment, we are adding 30,000 square feet for additional extrusion line," said Elaine McLatchie, Vice President of Operations.

A manufacturer of shrink film, plastic bags and packaging additives, the company ships all over the U.S. and Canada and exports to Europe. The company currently employs 45 who work at the corporate office and manufacturing plant on the Warrenton Highway in Thomson, and at the distribution center in Warrenton.

Owner Joe Rapp had spent a lot of time in the CSRA when he decided to start his own business. Now a Thomson resident, Mr. Rapp searched for locations in Columbia, McCormick and Burke counties, according to Ms. McLatchie. But, the property in McDuffie County was ideal because of its location and railroad access.

The current facility already has expanded once, and the 106,000 square foot distribution center in Warrenton was purchased two years ago. And even in the slow economic times, Amcor continues to grow. Ms. McLatchie said land already has been cleared further east on their property for future expansion. She said if business continues at the rate it has been, they will be adding on another 30-50,000 square feet next year and then another distribution building of 100,000 the next year.

When completed, the growth will bring more jobs for local residents. But Ms. McLatchie said they are not ready to hire yet.

"The plan right now is to increase our capacity, so theoretically we will need additional staff," she said. "But it would be premature at the moment to say how many I am going to need, because it obviously depends on how the economy goes."

When ready, Ms. McLatchie said the company will be hiring through the local temp agencies and the Department of Labor.

Web posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009

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