New jobs as packaging firm plans new £6 million site in Wellington
One of the UK’s largest privately owned corrugated packaging producers is investing in Wellington, in Somerset, with the proposed opening of a £6 million site – and the pledge of new jobs.
Rigid Containers plans to move into the former Cooperative Distribution warehouse, on Chelston Business Park, which closed earlier this year, creating 30 to 40 jobs immediately, with more to follow.
Richard Coward, managing director, said: “It is our intention to then make the site a full production facility, for the manufacture of corrugated packaging, during the latter part of the year.”
Rigid’s investment has been enhanced by support from Taunton Deane Borough Council. The company will be able to draw upon the council’s new Investment Fund to the tune of £1,000 per new job up to a maximum of £100,000.
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The council has also worked closely with Rigid to ensure that the company benefits from other potential sources of finance and to enable the investment to proceed quickly.
The vast majority of Rigid’s products are made from recycled paper. Mr Coward said the lightweight nature of the products also mean that it is easily transported
Councillor Norman Cavill, Lead Executive Member for Economic Development, who has liaised with Rigid said: “This investment is welcome, particularly in the wake of the Co-operative closing. We’ve gone the extra mile to make it easier for Rigid to come to Wellington. The company will create much-needed jobs and will bring a huge empty property back in to use.”