Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Business

March 2, 2012

More jobs projected for Brookville

BATESVILLE — Did you ever wonder who made the clear plastic “clam shells” and blister packages containing produce and merchandise, store shelf trays and organizers and even gift set inner packaging?

Now the packaging and printed materials for products area residents buy in stores may have been manufactured as nearby as Brookville. 

Leaders at MBC Group Inc., Indianapolis,  quietly opened a Packaging and Logistics Solutions Division at 9021 State Road 101 – the former J and J Packaging site – in mid-2011.

The big news was announced Feb. 29 as Gov. Mitch Daniels beamed at the crowd: Company officials plan to expand its Brookville operations, creating up to 101 new jobs by 2014.

Now the firm employs eight full-time and two to three part-time workers, said Jeff Franks, vice president and general manager.

“We’re only staffed for one shift right now” with workers utilizing two thermoformer machines, including one added last week.

Leaders plan on two shifts soon with each requiring a minimum of seven employees. In six to eight months, he foresees the need for close to 40 during three shifts. As sales rise and new machinery is purchased, more workers will be added.

Eric Holloway, MBC Group president and owner, said people will be hired for two types of jobs. Skilled workers operating machines will be paid $15-20 hourly; Light industrial workers, earning $12-15 hourly, will perform the “very labor intensive” task of reworking. He explained packages on display in stores that didn’t sell well are returned. Workers break each one open, remove the product and repackage it into a smaller size. 

“The company, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business and Minority Business Enterprise, will invest $4.1 million to add four new thermoforming plastic production lines at the company's 30,000-square-foot facility on the north side of Brookville,” according to an Indiana Economic Development Corp. news release.

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