Nice-Pak Facility to Bring 300 Jobs, $40 Million Investment to Jonesboro

Nice-Pak Products Inc. of Orangeburg, N.Y., on Monday announced it will locate a new manufacturing facility in Jonesboro, which will result in a $40 million investment and jobs for 300 people.

Nice-Pak is locating in the former Haworth Building, a 630,000-SF facility. The company manufactures pre-moistened wipes for a variety of uses including consumer, industrial and health care. It plans to begin production in Jonesboro toward the end of 2008.

"Nice-Pak is another growing company that is discovering the positive role that Jonesboro and Arkansas can play in that growth," Gov. Mike Beebe said in a news release. "We are excited to see these quality jobs coming to northeast Arkansas and we appreciate Nice-Pak's decision to make a substantial investment here."

Nice-Pak was founded more than 50 years ago. The company pioneered the first pre-moistened wipes for the restaurant industry under the market leading Wet Nap brand. Currently, through four divisions - consumer, commercial, health care and contract - the company distributes to multiple markets and leading retailers. Nice-Pak manufactures several of their own brands, as well as brands for other manufacturers and several top retailer brands.

"We are excited to expand our world-class operations to Jonesboro," Robert Julius, owner and CEO of Nice-Pak, said in a news release. "We look forward to a long and mutually prosperous relationship."

Nice-Pak has three additional manufacturing facilities in the U.S. located in New York, Indiana and Wisconsin. The company also has overseas manufacturing facilities in North Wales and Germany.

"We are excited that Nice-Pak has selected Jonesboro as the location for its new manufacturing facility and look forward to Nice-Pak being part of our community," said Mark Young, president and CEO of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The company will receive $2.52 million from a fund Gov. Mike Beebe controls to attract new businesses to the state, Beebe's office said.

Research at Arkansas State University on potential new uses for plant fibers was among the reasons Nice-Pak Products Inc. chose Jonesboro for a $40 million plant, the university's top official said.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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