SHREVEPORT, La. — Ronpak, Inc. celebrates its newest Shreveport-Bossier manufacturing center and corporate headquarters today (June 26, 2013) with a ribbon cutting and building dedication ceremony. The new 155,000 square foot paper mill at the Port of Caddo-Bossier produces 5 million customized bags a day for clients.
“We are very proud of all the hard work by our employees and business partners, who helped us to realize the vision that began with my parents, Nathan and Dina Sedley. The growth of our family-owned business was built on putting our customers and employees first. With that in mind, I am dedicating our newest manufacturing center in memory of my parents, Nathan and Dina, whose vision and corporate philosophy guided our company to its current success,” said Ronald Sedley, Ronpak Chairman of the Board and CEO.
Sedley was be joined by Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, Bossier City Mayor Lorenz Walker, Caddo Commission President Lindora Baker, Bossier Police Jury President Jimmy Cochran and the Port of Caddo-Bossier Commission President Erica Bryant. Additionally, Louisiana Senators Sherri Smith Buffington, Barrow Peacock, and Representatives Roy Burrell, Henry Burns, Barbara Norton, Alan Seabaugh, and Patrick Williams helped mark the opening of the nation’s first paper bag plant in the last decade.
In May 2012, Ronpak announced the relocation of the company’s corporate headquarters from South Plainfield, New Jersey to Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana. This decision came a year after the company announced it would build a $16.8 million manufacturing facility with equipment at the Port of Caddo-Bossier. This plant is Ronpak’s first new manufacturing location since 1985. The project is expected to create 275 new direct jobs. Louisiana Economic Development estimates another 783 new indirect jobs will also be created, leading to a total of more than 1,000 new jobs for North Louisiana.
“Two years ago when Ronpak first located a temporary manufacturing facility at the Port of Caddo-Bossier, we were focused on meeting the needs of our clients and fulfilling their demands. We were able to accomplish that very quickly, thanks to support from the people of North Louisiana and our state, regional and local partners,” said Sedley.
“I extend my gratitude and thanks to Governor Bobby Jindal; Louisiana Economic Development, led by Secretary Stephen Moret; LED’s FastStart, led by Jeff Lynn and our FastStart representative, Paul Helton; the Port of Caddo-Bossier, led by Executive Port Director Eric England and the Port Commissioners; the mayors and local elected officials of the City of Shreveport, the City of Bossier City, the Caddo Commission and the Bossier Police Jury; Red River Waterway Commission; North Louisiana Economic Partnership, and our contractor Wieland Davco. Their assistance was invaluable during the entire start-up process.”
Ronpak Inc. is a leading manufacturer of custom-printed paper bags, packages and food wraps. Since Ronpak’s founding in 1947, the company has constantly developed new products to meet customer demand, and often those efforts include working with Ronpak’s paper mills to develop new papers that have new properties. In addition to Louisiana, the company’s locations include manufacturing locations in New Jersey and California. For more information, visit www.ronpak.com.