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Production nearing for new industry

Production at Pulaski County’s newest industry is expected to begin by the end of the month.
Kim Bentley, human resources manager for Phoenix Packaging Group, said the company expects its first production to begin by the end of September.
The company, which manufactures thermoformed rigid plastic packaging products, currently employs a dozen workers, but Bentley said there should be 60 by year’s end.
Phoenix received 1,400 applications when it advertised for operations, materials handlers and packers in June. No additional applications are being sought at this time.
Bentley said she is still reviewing applications received in June. She recommended persons interested in applying for future jobs register with the Virginia Employment Commission and watch the VEC’s Workforce Center Web site to find out when applications are being accepted.
Employment levels are expected to be at 160 by the end of 2011 and eventually reach 240.
Bentley said plans call for a new production machine to arrive at the facility every quarter. Once everything is in place, the company will be staffed for “24/7” operation.
Phoenix has signed a long-term lease of the 109,556-square-foot Findlay Shell Building in Pulaski County Corporate Center off Cougar Trail. The facility will be the company’s first North American headquarters and production facility.

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