Foodservice distribution and packaging plant Huhtamaki slated to open in Goodyear in 2017, hire 300

Posted at 3:47 PM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 18:47:33-04
A Finland-based company plans to open a new manufacturing and distribution center in Goodyear. Huhtamaki North America purchased a 750,000 square foot facility located at the Cotton Lane Commerce Park. 
The company expects to create close to 300 jobs. According to a news release, Huhtamaki North America plans to pour $100 million into the building over the next two years to cover modifications, infrastructure and equipment installation. This location will serve West Coast clients.
“This is a further investment in our strategy to serve the foodservice packaging and retail tableware markets with core products,” said Clay Dunn, Executive Vice President, Huhtamaki North America. “The new facility will expand our footprint and will build off the success of our earlier expansions. The facility will not only grow our capacity but improve our distribution capability in the region.”
The company plans to start using the facility as a distribution center in early 2017, begin construction of infrastructure in the second quarter of 2017, with commercial production scheduled to begin in late 2017. A spokesperson with the company said hiring is also expected to begin in 2017.
Governor Doug Ducey along with local leaders praised the company for choosing the location to set up shop.  “I am thrilled that Huhtamaki has selected Arizona as the ideal location to establish a new facility that will advance their business objectives,” said Ducey. “Arizona continues to attract advanced manufacturing companies seeking growth due to our exceptional talent, modern infrastructure and advantageous geographic location. This project will create hundreds of new jobs for Arizona citizens, and I thank Huhtamaki for their investment in our state.”