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German packaging manufacturer acquires Hardy County site, plans to open space with 100 jobs

MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — A German packaging manufacturer plans to create up to 100 new jobs in Hardy County after acquiring an industrial building in Moorefield.

The West Virginia Department of Economic Development on Monday announced Papier-Mettler acquired the space in May with plans to invest $48 million into the building.

Papier-Mettler makes packaging material out of paper and plastics. It has 5,000 employees in 16 counties and maintains a sales office in Raynham, Massachusetts. The West Virginia site will be the company’s first production plant in the United States.

“The investment Papier-Mettler is making in our great state is truly amazing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you’ll never find more dedicated, hardworking, and productive employees than those in West Virginia,” Gov. Jim Justice said in a statement.

Papier-Mettler CEO Michael Mettler said the move is connected to the company’s plans for growth in the United States.

“We are convinced that the new location will not only create numerous advantages for us, but also for the local economy as well as the job market,” Mettler said.

The company also cited the building’s proximity to the Port of Baltimore and planned infrastructure as factors.

Steps to make the site operational will be announced in the coming months.

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