Nice-Pak is expanding its Jonesboro plant with plans to increase its production capacity and employment over the next year.
On Monday, Nov. 16, the wet-wipe manufacturing company revealed that it will be launching a phased expansion, beginning in 2021. This expansion is expected to double the facility’s production capacity for disinfecting wipes and add more than 300 employees by the end of 2021.
The expansion will involve extending existing lines and adding a new manufacturing line at the facility. This new manufacturing line will create 176 new jobs.
“Our products are essential for consumers to help stay healthy and well amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Robert Julius, chairman and CEO of Nice-Pak, said in a statement. “We have been working non-stop to produce more wipes than ever before, and we commend the tremendous performance of our Jonesboro associates, who have been terrific in rising to the challenge.”
Nice-Pak has already increased its household disinfectant manufacturing production to full-time operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an Arkansas Economic Development Commission news release, this increase in production will result in approximately 130 more jobs by the end of 2020.
In March 2020, Nice-Pak announced that it would be increasing its workforce to meet pandemic demand. The company said it would be hiring more than 100 permanent and temporary employees.
“Nice-Pak’s expansion shows not only growth but strategic planning and foresight. The way Nice-Pak adapted to current economic pressures caused by the pandemic, increased production, and hired more people is the definition of an essential business,” Jonesboro Unlimited president Mark Young said.
Headquartered in Orangeburg, New York, Nice-Pak established its Jonesboro facility in 2009. The company produces Nice ‘N CLEAN, Grime Boss, Original Wet-Nap and private-label brands. It also has manufacturing facilities in Mooresville, IN; Flint, Wales; Wigan, United Kingdom; and Magdeburg, Germany.
“Nice-Pak has done a tremendous job of regrouping to meet consumer demands during unexpected times,” Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said. “They are a great example of how Arkansans rise up to meet challenges head on. It’s great to see the company planning for its future, and we are extremely glad that they continue to call Jonesboro home.”