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Macon-Bibb County welcomes Aspen Products
Macon, GA - Aspen Products, Inc. announced today that they will locate a paper products manufacturing plant in Macon, GA. The Kansas City, MO privately held company has signed a long term lease on a 200,000 sq. ft. facility in the Airport Industrial Park. Aspen Products, Inc. will invest $13 million in the facility, employing 204. Production will begin early 2014.
“Innovative companies such as Aspen Products Inc. make an excellent addition to our ever-growing manufacturing network,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “Georgia is perfectly positioned to support major manufacturers across the globe, and we have no doubt that the nation’s No. 1 business climate will help Aspen Products succeed.”
Shannon Walls, Plant Manager, East Coast Division, Aspen Products, stated that “I believe Macon to be a perfect fit for Aspen Products and everyone from our team that has been a part of this project has shared the same sentiment.”
Dan Stubbs, Binswanger, assisted Aspen Products with their building search. Aspen Products considered other buildings in Georgia as well as an expansion at one of their other locations.
“This is exciting news for Macon. I want to welcome Aspen Products, thank them for making an investment in our community, and look forward to working with them in the future,” says Macon Mayor Robert Reichert. “Macon continues to attract new industries and businesses based on our location, access, sense of community and place, and welcoming environment. We want to have an ongoing, positive relationship with those that come here.”
“I am always pleased to see a new company locate to Bibb County due to our many assets such as our rail service and raw materials but more importantly because of the support from our Community. Aspen Products is a welcome addition to our Industrial family and as always we welcome a company that will bring jobs to our citizens.” Said Samuel F. Hart, Sr., Chairman, Bibb County Board of Commissioners
“Aspen Products’ decision to locate its newest facility in Georgia highlights the importance of maintaining a competitive business climate for manufacturers,” said Chris Carr, commissioner of Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Our unmatched logistics infrastructure and ready-to-work talent pool are magnets for fast-growing manufacturing companies and we look forward to seeing Aspen Products take advantage of these resources.”
Aspen Products has been a major supplier of white paper plates, design plates, cups, bowls and lunch bags for over 30 years. Their success has been because of innovation in product mix, package design and value in disposable tabletop. All of their products meet or exceed the quality of the national brands as established in guidelines from the FDA.
Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority Chairman, Cliffard Whitby said, “We are proud that Macon-Bibb county has the workforce, leadership and teamwork in place to encourage Aspen Products to locate its new facilities here. Having good corporate citizens and employers like Aspen Products enrich not only the lives of the families of those who work there, but also to quality of life in our entire community.”
Robbo Hatcher, Chairman of the Macon Economic Development Commission added, “Aspen's decision to locate their manufacturing expansion in Macon reflects the quality of our location and workforce relative to the needs of their business. It also builds on Team Macon's recent marketing success and continues our positive momentum in new business recruitment.”
Walls stated, “We have been welcomed with open arms and made to feel like this new town was full of old friends. We very much look forward to getting production up and going and becoming part of the local community.”
Located in Kansas City, Missouri and Richmond, VA, Aspen Products plant facilities use the latest technologies in production, design, graphics and printing. Aspen Products strives to maintain the highest service levels in the industry to all customers in Private Label, Consumer Retail, and Food Service throughout the United States.
Albert Edge, Murphey, Taylor and Ellis, represented the owner of the building. Georgia Department of Economic Development project managers, Annie Baxter and Walt Farrell, along with Lonny Smallwood, Electric Cities of Georgia led the state team.
Persons interested in applying for positions at Aspen Products should contact the Department of Labor at http://www.dol.state.ga.us/.