An international producer of packaging materials is expanding its operations in Blythewood, in part to support the growing e-commerce trend.
Intertape Polymer Group Inc. at 1091 Carolina Pines Dr., is investing $20 million to expand its current facility and curbside recyclable paper mailer operations. The expansion will be done over the next five years and create about 135 new jobs. The S.C. Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $200,000 set-aside grant for Richland County to help with costs related to the project.
IPG develops, manufactures and sells paper and film-based pressure-sensitive and water-activated tapes, stretch and shrink films, protective packaging and packaging machinery for industrial and retail use. One of its newest products is the Curby® mini-taper and water-activated tape, designed to help small and e-commerce retailers ship packages globally.
“The successes we have seen in recent years are fueled by the skilled and engaged labor force available to IPG in the surrounding community,” said Shane Betts, IPG’s vice president of operations in a news release about the expansion. “The expansion of our facility is driven by both new and existing business for IPG and will foster further engagement with our state and local leaders to complete the project and deliver jobs to the local community.”
IPG is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, and Sarasota, Florida, with operations in 31 locations employing approximately 3,700 people. The Blythewood plant is one of 27 manufacturing facilities in North America, Asia and Europe.