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Peosta plant to add 12 jobs

A Berry Plastics Corporation employee works at the Peosta plant Thursday. A Berry Plastics Corporation employee works at the Peosta plant Thursday.

A more than $8 million job expansion plan at the Berry Plastics Corporation plant in Peosta will create 12 jobs.

Berry Plastics is a $5 billion global packaging manufacturer based in Evansville, Ind. With more than 90 facilities worldwide and 17,000 employees, it manufactures the kind of bottles people might find in their shower, on their dinner table on in their spice rack.

The Peosta plant has been up and running for 25 years and will soon have 12 new manufacturing jobs as part of the corporation's expansion project, CEO and Chairman Jon Rich said at Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the plant's 70,000 square-foot expansion.

"Business has been expanding as we've been growing with our customers, many of whom are right here in Iowa," Rich said.

City leaders from both Peosta and Dubuque, as well as Dubuque County officials, attended Thursday morning's ribbon-cutting. Governor Branstad had planned to attend, but he said inclement weather canceled his trip to Eastern Iowa.

According to Greater Dubuque Development Corporation executive director Rick Dickinson, this is just the latest growth in area job creation numbers.

"Just a couple of days ago, the Department of Workforce Development announced that about 4,400 jobs were created in Iowa between April and May. 900 of those were in Dubuque," he said.

The Iowa Workforce Development release and details about Dubuque's job creation numbers are on the organization's Website HERE.

170 million bottles come out of the Peosta plant every year, the manager said, and the 70,000 square-foot addition may mean even more jobs.

"As you can see around us, we've obviously designed the plant for further expansion in the future," Rich said, "and we hope that this is just the first step in hopefully many more expansions in the future."

The expansion came after more than $1 million in incentives offered by area leaders.

"We got about $1 million spread over 12 years in property tax deferral from the city," Rich said. "There was about $100,000 spread between training programs and so forth from the county and from the Governor's office."

The bottles created in Peosta help fuel jobs in Eastern Iowa. For example, Rich said, the corporation's Aunt Jemima bottles are filled at the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids, and Iowa's City's Proctor & Gamble plant uses the Aussie and Old Spice containers.

Berry Plastics Corporation has two other plants in Iowa - Bettendorf and Iowa Falls - and employs about 300 people statewide.

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