Essel Propack to invest $31 million, add 45 jobs in Danville

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that Essel Propack, a global specialty packaging company serving the consumer goods and pharmaceutical sectors, will invest $31.2 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Danville, according to a release from Northam's office.

Virginia successfully competed with Brazil and Argentina for this project, which will create 45 new jobs, the release stated.

“The City of Danville is a hub for applied research and technological innovation in the advanced manufacturing industry, and Essel Propack has been an important part of this ecosystem since its arrival in 2002,” Northam said in the release. “With access to the region’s pipeline of skilled talent and low operating costs, Essel Propack has flourished in Southern Virginia. We are proud to have a company of this caliber on our corporate roster, and look forward to the Essel Propack’s continued success in the Commonwealth.”

Essel Propack is a publicly-held company headquartered in Mumbai. The expansion will allow the company to double production at the Danville facility through the introduction of new Super High-Output tubes (SHOT) technology, the release stated.

“Essel Propack’s decision to introduce new technology at its facility in the City of Danville will ensure that Southern Virginia and the Commonwealth remain at the forefront of advancements in the manufacturing industry,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “Industry-led innovation continues to be a crucial component of our efforts to maintain a thriving, 21st century economy, and we thank Essel Propack for its significant contribution.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the city and the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance to secure the investment, according to the release. Northam approved a $150,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the city with the project. The Governor also approved a $300,000 performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Performance (VIP) Program, an incentive that encourages capital investment by existing Virginia companies.

The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $330,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project. Essel Propack is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, the release stated.