is underway on a $26 million cardboard box manufacturing plant that eventually
will employ 100 people in the Horn Rapids Industrial Park in Richland.
Corporation of America, an Illinois-based company, expects to open the plant in
plant will be nearly a quarter-million square feet with a steel frame.
opening is expected to bring about 65 family-wage jobs to start. Starting pay
is about $20 hourly for workers with no experience, up to $38 hourly,
looking for highly-skilled maintenance personnel and people with shipping
backgrounds who can operate mobile equipment to load products,” said Katy
Conlan, regional general manager for PCA. “We’re also hiring general associates
who can start in assistant roles and move up to operating high-speed converting
first wave of hiring started in April, with those workers visiting similar
plants around the country and now assisting with the hiring process for the
second wave. Those workers are set to begin Sept. 30.
said the plant should employ “well more” than 100 workers when fully
corrugated box manufacturer’s job description for positions at the Richland
plant said the company seeks to be “the leader in helping our customers—large
and small—package, transport and display products of all kinds.”
general contractor for the project is Fisher Construction Group of Burlington,
which also owns Boise Paper, operates a paper mill and full-line manufacturing
plant, both in Wallula.
declined to say how many boxes will be made at the Richland site annually, but
said its purpose is much different than the
Wallula plants on Highway 12, which primarily serve the fresh produce and
processed food and beverage markets.
“People say, ‘Is it going to smell like the paper mill
out in Wallula?’ No, it’s not,” Conlan said. “That’s the paper-making process,
this is just a corrugated box plant. We take 7,000 to 8,000 rolls of paper and
make corrugated containers.”
Conlan said the Horn Rapids site was chosen for its
location and for the pool of local talent and skilled employee base.
“Richland is very strong in their economic development,”
Conlan said. “I would give the city a lot of kudos for their willingness to
work with us. We didn’t have a lot of time and they were very helpful. They did
what they said, they moved quickly, and I really appreciated that.”
PCA is a publicly-traded company and
North America’s third largest producer of containerboard products and uncoated
freesheet paper. It operates eight mills and 94 corrugated products plants and related facilities.
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