The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

May 1, 2012

Clinton packaging company expands

CLINTON — Big River Packaging will expand its services with a possibility of adding jobs as it moves to a new facility. The company will make the move to the old Shopko building at 1905 Lincoln Way within the year, moving finished goods and shipping to the new location by the end of the month and moving manufacturing and raw materials by the end of the year.

“We’re very thrilled to move to the new location,” Vice President and Plant Manager John Huling said. “Right now we’re bulging at the seams at our current location.”

The facility is nearly three times the size of its current location at 823 S. Third St., according to Huling.

The local company specializes in making boxes for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, candy and other bakery goods.

“We help out everyone from a baker selling items out of their kitchen to major grocery chains,” Huling said.

Despite only being in business for seven years, the company has seen tremendous growth. It serviced a little more than 60,000 customers this past year and continues to draw in more customers. Connecting with customers far and wide is easy using their website, according to Huling. Those customers represent more than 28 different countries.

“With the amount of products we put out and the amount of customers, we have certainly outgrown this building,” Huling said.

With the new location, the company is hoping to expand their services by adding a bag line. This would include a wide array of bags from grocery bags to higher end bakery bags, according to Huling. The new line is expected to be added in one to two years, very likely resulting in more job opportunities.

“The bags could double our sales, which means more jobs,” Huling said.

The building that was previously a Jack’s department store before becoming Shopko, was most recently utilized as a parking space for employees at ADM. The company put in additional parking at the facility last fall to accommodate the employees, according to ADM Media Representative Jackie Anderson.

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