Bryce Corp. Plans $80M Expansion in Searcy; 142 New Jobs Expected

Bryce Corp. Plans $80M Expansion in Searcy; 142 New Jobs Expected
A Google Street View image of Bryce Corp. in Searcy. The Memphis-based packaging company has announced an $80 million expansion of its Searcy operation. (© Google)

Packaging company Bryce Corp. of Memphis is investing $80 million to expand its operations in Searcy, the company announced Wednesday.

The expansion, which is part of the company's five-year growth plan, will create 142 jobs in Searcy. It includes a new manufacturing facility and distribution center.

Bryce will also invest in advanced technology and state-of-the-art process equipment to serve its consumer product customers, the company said in a news release.

Bryce, which opened its first manufacturing facility in Searcy in 1976, makes products for customers in the food, snack, pet care, household, and health and beauty industries. The company has grown from 29 employees in Searcy to 465, and its Searcy manufacturing site has grown from 30,000 SF to 350,000 SF.

"It's always a great day in Arkansas when our existing businesses announce expansions, and this is no exception," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a news release. "For decades, Bryce Corporation has been a strong community partner. Their investment in Searcy speaks volumes about their confidence in the city's workforce and quality of life, and I wish the company well as they enter this next phase of growth."

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission committed up to $5 million in community development block grants to the city of Searcy to be used for construction of Bryce's new distribution facility.

"As a city we are focused on supporting the growth and expansion of businesses in our community," Searcy Mayor Kyle Osborne said. "We are thrilled about the opportunities this expansion will bring to the workforce in Searcy and look forward to continuing our relationship with Bryce Corporation for years to come."