Photo courtesy of Berry Plastics Corp.

Berry Plastics Corp. plans to expand its Evansville, Ind., operations, creating 360 new jobs by 2015. The plastics packaging company, which employs more than 1,200 people in Evansville as well as more than 13,500 worldwide, will invest $150 million to expand its thermoform operations and build an additional facility on its existing campus. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2010.

Berry Plastics' expansion plans include a new 375,800 ft2facility to increase the capacity of drink-cup manufacturing. The company also produces containers, bottles, closures, prescription vials, trash bags, duct tape and other packaging materials.

"We're excited to continue our long history of growth in Evansville, where we have enjoyed a terrific relationship with our community, government and employees since 1967. We are pleased to build on our outstanding workforce in Evansville, which serves as the foundation for Berry to continue to strengthen our position as a leading plastic packaging supplier," said Bill Norman, executive vice-president of strategic planning for Berry Plastics.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp., Indianapolis, offered Berry Plastics up to $4.9 million in performance-based tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. The City of Evansville will provide additional tax phase-in at the request of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana.

Berry Plastics' announced expansion in Evansville is the fourth investment in four years from the plastic packaging giant. In 2005, the company expanded its existing facilities and support staff in a move that included a 170,000 ft2addition and 64 new jobs. In 2007, the company made two separate expansions that created a total of 300 jobs and more than $63 million in capital investment.