The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) announced that Ardagh Metal Packaging USA Inc. will establish a new manufacturing plant in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRIC) in Storey County, NV.
The project will create 140 jobs in northern Nevada over the next five years, of which 72 are slated to be created within the first six months.
The new positions created will be for skilled technical workers, and will have average annual wages of more than $24 per hour.
Earlier this month, Ardagh announced the choice of Roanoke County, Virginia as the location for a new metal can manufacturing plant on the east coast. That project is slated to create 96 new jobs.
James Willich, CEO of Ardagh’s metal packaging business in the U.S., said they evaluated many sites for the western region expansion. He said Storey County offered attractive factors such as proximity to one of their major customers, infrastructure and logistical advantages, a low cost of living, availability of skilled labor, and a favorable business tax structure.
A statement from EDAWN noted that the company had considered 37 buildings in two states before settling on the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. They said one of the factors that influenced the company was the support of state and local governments for the application and permitting process to demonstrate that they would work with Ardagh.
TRIC is a 107,000 acre park which includes a 30,000-acre industrial complex pre-approved for industrial and manufacturing projects. It is on the I-80 nine miles south of Reno, and offers rail serviced sites with sewerage, water supply, high pressure gas and five generating power stations on-site.
EDAWN CEO Mike Kazmierski said they were thrilled to welcome Ardagh to the community, and added that the announcement was the direct result of concerted efforts, including by the Storey County team and by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and his staff.
The Luxembourg-based Ardagh Group manufactures and supplies metal and glass packaging for food and beverage companies. Their clients include major food companies such as ConAgra Foods and beverage giants such Coca-Cola, Bacardi, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Carlsberg.
The Luxembourg-based Ardagh Group’s U.S. metal packaging business is based in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. The company has more than 18,000 employees across 100 facilities in 25 countries, and produces more than 32 billion containers annually.