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|Graphic expands in West Monroe|
Graphic Packaging has plans to spend $12 million to remodel and modernize the former Field Container Company's facility on Exchange Street in West Monroe.
Field Container Company recently merged with Graphic Packaging, adding roughly 90 more employees to Graphic Packaging's payroll.
In the meantime, Graphic Packaging has asked the city of West Monroe for an endorsement of participation in the Louisiana Quality Jobs Program.
According to Eric Hale, the city of West Monroe's economic development coordinator, in order for Graphic Packaging to participate in the Louisiana Quality Jobs Program, the company must create up to $250,000 in new annual payroll.
"They're not sure if they will, but they want this (city's endorsement) passed just in case they do, so they can get the 5 percent payroll rebate as part of this program," Hale said.
West Monroe Mayor Dave Norris is optimistic Graphic Packaging can meet the new job criteria.
"That's very good, and $250,000 would be pretty good number of new jobs for us to have," Norris said. "I'm sure if they hire enough people, they'll qualify."
He said Field Container Company was involved in "very significant printing" and uses Graphic Packaging's materials to print for the Morris Corporation and other food distributors across the country.
During Tuesday's regular meeting of the West Monroe Board of Aldermen, the board unanimously approved the endorsement of Graphic Packaging to participate in the Louisiana Quality Jobs Program.
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