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Ardagh Metal Packaging announces 140 jobs in Reno



edawn-4404357-1495380Ardagh Metal Packaging USA Inc. and the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) announced the opening of a new manufacturing plant located in Storey County at a press conference today at the Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa. The move will bring approximately 140 technical jobs to northern Nevada throughout the next five years, including 72 jobs within the first six months.

Ardagh Group is a global leader in glass and metal packaging solutions for most of the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer brands. The company has more than 100 facilities and 18,000 employees in 25 countries producing 32 billion containers a year. The company’s U.S. metal packaging operations are based in Carnegie, Pa. In addition to a recently announced expansion into Roanoke, Va., the company has facilities in Bloomsburg, Pa., Weirton, W.Va., Conklin, N.Y., Terminal Island, Calif., and now McCarran, Nev.

“We evaluated many sites for our Western region expansion. Storey County possessed a number of attractive factors such as their favorable business tax structure, cost of living, infrastructure, logistic advantages, proximity to our major customer and the availability of skilled labor,” said James Willich, CEO of Ardagh’s metal packaging business in the U.S.

Ardagh considered 37 buildings across two states before making the decision to move to the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. Factors influencing their move included the community, labor pool, proximity to interstates, and most importantly the state and local governments’ demonstration of working with Ardagh through the permitting and application process.

Nev. Gov. Brian Sandoval, Storey County Commissioner Marshall McBride, EDAWN Vice-Chair Steve Anderson, joined EDAWN CEO Mike Kazmierski in welcoming Ardagh to northern Nevada at a press conference attended by the local residents, business owners and journalists. Partners who were involved in the relocation of Ardagh included Dave Simonsen with NAI Alliance, Jeff Lynch and Ken Tavner with ITS Logistics, John Parel and his team with Nevada Job Connect, Brad Woodring with NV Energy, Rhea Gustafson with Nevada Industry Excellence, Deb O’Gorman with Truckee Meadows Community College, Grant Simms, Dan Burhmann, Eric Bennet, and Gordon Zach with CBRE, Vince Griffith with Griffith Engineering, and Matt Rassmussen and Jeff Turnipseed with Tectonics.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ardagh to our community. A global leader in glass and metal packaging, they will bring 140 quality jobs to our region and help to grow our advanced manufacturing sector,” said, Mike Kazmierski CEO of EDAWN. “This announcement is a direct result of the concerted efforts of our many partners, especially the Story County team and Governor Brian Sandoval and his staff. It is exciting to see what working together as a team can accomplish,” Kazmierski said.

Ardagh strives to recruit and retain the best people in their field by offering challenging and rewarding positions with career advancement coupled with competitive wages, generous benefits package, training & development programs and a safety-oriented environment. Their company enjoys a strong culture that values teamwork, trust and excellence. Ardagh is a company that’s in it for the long haul and offers that same commitment to their people.

Prospective employees can contact their nearest Nevada JobConnect office. For a list of offices please go to http://www.nevadajobconnect.com.  Ardagh invites you to also attend their Job Fair being held Thursday, Sept. 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sparks Job Connect at 1675 East Prater Way, Suite 103, Sparks.

 is a private, non-profit corporation founded by community leaders in 1982. EDAWN works to recruit and expand quality companies that have a positive impact on the quality of life in Greater Reno-Sparks-Tahoe. In 2012 Nevada was named the No. 3 Most Business Friendly Tax Climate by the Tax Foundation and Reno was among the 50 “Best Places to Live” in BusinessWeek magazine. For more information, visit www.edawn.org.

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