WEST CHESTER (December 20, 2021) – Construction is set to begin in the first quarter of 2022 on International Paper’s state-of-the-art corrugated packaging plant in Atglen, a project that is expected to bring approximately 150 new jobs to the area.
State Senator Carolyn Comitta welcomed the company’s investment in Chester County, which was supported by news that it had been awarded a $371,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rail Freight Assistance Program.
The funds, which were recently approved by the State Transportation Commission, will be used to construct approximately 500 feet of new track to the new plant and rehabilitate 1,200 feet of track with new ties and ballast.
“This is promising news for southern Chester County as we continue to work to expand manufacturing, invest in our transportation infrastructure, and attract and retain family-sustaining jobs,” Comitta said.
“International Paper is pleased to receive the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP) grant for our rail project at our new corrugated packaging facility in Atglen. The grant will enable IP to more efficiently and effectively move materials and goods into our plant while limiting truck traffic in the surrounding communities,” said Peter Heist, Area Vice President, North Area, North American Container, International Paper.
The company, one of the world’s leading producers of renewable fiber-based packaging and pulp products, expects the plant to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2023.