Evanesce Packaging Solutions, Inc. is pleased to announce that the company will locate its first large-scale production facility in Walterboro, South Carolina, to manufacture compostable food service trays. The facility represents a $70 million investment and is expected to create 368 direct jobs over the next five years.
“We spent considerable time assessing locations in a number of states and were impressed by the reception we received in South Carolina, and particularly the interest displayed by Colleton County to accommodate us and work with us to locate there. We are very impressed with the many advantages and our location directly on an I95 interchange is second to none,” said Douglas Horne, Evanesce’s President & CEO.
Evanesce was founded in response to the growing global need to replace existing packaging technology with truly compostable, organic, sustainable alternatives. The Company produces compostable packaging with considerations for strength, insulation, nesting capabilities but more importantly cost competitiveness to traditional solutions. The operation in Walterboro, which will locate in the expandable 100,000 SF Colleton County Commerce Center Building, will focus on producing meat, seafood, vegetable and meal trays for the U.S. market.
“South Carolina continues to attract industry leaders from across the globe, and today’s announcement by Evanesce Packaging Solutions, Inc. is yet another example of that. I offer this innovative company my congratulations and look forward to watching them thrive in the Palmetto State,” said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.
Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Evanesce’s proprietary compostable technology, coupled with the company’s collaboration with the world-renowned expert in food processing equipment, Franz Haas (www.haas.com), has allowed the company to move quickly from development to production and the company is developing products in many molded packaging segments.
“Our initial focus is to address the estimated daily consumption of approximately 200 Million food service trays used in the USA alone, with tray production to commence in early 2019. This will be followed by cups, bowls, clamshells, and other molded product,” said Horne.
“Today, we celebrate another win for South Carolina’s strong manufacturing sector as Evanesce Packaging Solutions, Inc. joins the growing roster of cutting-edge manufacturers that have decided to call our state home. This announcement reflects a remarkable investment by the company in one of our state’s rural communities, and I look forward to watching them succeed in Walterboro for years to come,” added S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
“Colleton County welcomes Evanesce Packaging Solutions, and we appreciate the new jobs and investment in our community. This innovative company has selected Walterboro as their new home because of our proximity to domestic and international markets and for our workforce, as many other companies do. We look forward to working with Evanesce Packaging Solutions in the coming months and years,” said Dr. Joe Flowers, Chairman of Colleton County Council.
Lee Petrolawicz, Chairman of the Colleton County Economic Development Alliance added, “We are extremely pleased that Evanesce Packaging Solutions decided to locate in Colleton County. This is another global vote of confidence in Colleton County's leadership and strong workforce. We are thankful for the nearly 368 new jobs this operation will bring to our family members, friends and neighbors.”
“We are proud that Evanesce Packaging Solutions, a company dedicated to technology in sustainable solutions in food processing, has selected our region of South Carolina for their manufacturing facility,” said SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Martin Sauls. “This state-of-the-art technology will not only bring hundreds of direct manufacturing jobs, but indirect jobs and investment to our communities as well. This fine company will be an asset to our industrial community.”
For more information on Evanesce Packaging Solutions, please visit www.evanescepackaging.com.