A developer is spending $14 million to expand a building occupied by a Huntersville food-packaging plant, which will grow into the facility.
Prairie Brookwood will more than double the size of the Pactiv Corp. packaging facility with an addition of 324,500 square feet. The idea is to create a warehouse there.
There’s no word about yet about how many jobs Pactiv, which at last count employed 300 at the Huntersville plant, will add in the expansion, says Ryan McDaniels, executive director of the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corp.
John McGrath, Pactiv president and CEO, says the addition is to serve a growing demand from customers for the company’s foam, plastic, aluminum, paperboard, coated board and molded fiber packaging for the food-service industry.
“The expanded facility will complement our already strong and growing North American manufacturing footprint and enable the company to remain focused on our current product lines as we continue to meet the demands of our customers,” McGrath says.
Benjamin Shapiro, manager of Prairie Brookwood, says the company joined Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville in a partnership to build the structure, which was the first building in Commerce Station Park.
“This expansion fulfills our shared vision for creating a state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facility upon 40 acres of raw land, and serves as an excellent model for government and private industry working together to create good jobs for a community,” Shapiro says.
Graycor Construction Co. is the contractor on the project and the project is being managed by the company’s Southeast regional office in Charlotte.