Food packing company settles in at Milford plant


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Packaging company Econo-Pak is moving to its Milford location from Sussex, N.J., and bringing some 400 jobs to Pike County.

The former Altec Lansing building is now completely converted to a food packing company.










Well-known food makers send Econo-Pak products and the company reconfigures them. For example, a cracker manufacturer may send bulk crackers, and Econo-Pak converts them into smaller packages.

Sometimes those packages are sold as variety packs. The foods are sold across the country in large club, convenience and grocery stores. In Milford, Econo-Pak will handle cookies, crackers, muffins, candy and more.

Because the company handles food, there are strict guidelines for clean manufacturing.

Each company that contracts with Econo-Pak will take a few days to inspect, audit and approve the process inside the new plant on Route 6/209 in Milford Township, Econo-Pak Chief Executive Officer P.J. Wiebel said.

So far, just one company has had a chance to visit the Milford plant, so just two lines are in operation. Usually the plant will operate between 20 and 35 lines, depending on client needs, Wiebel said.

Because of this, much of the company’s operation is still happening at the Sussex plant.

Wiebel hopes to have client audits of the new location done by mid January or February. Once that is done, Econo-Pak expects to hold a job fair.

Already, the company has hired 10 to 15 people from Milford, Wiebel said. Some are working at the Milford location; others are temporarily working in Sussex until the operation moves.

Econo-Pak will operate 24 hours a day and offer second and third shifts. Some job titles that will be filled include line leaders, quality control, machine operator, production worker, and there are still some office positions open.

Some salaried positions will be offered. Hourly workers will be paid based on shift, experience, job title and length of time at the company. The pay ranges from $7.50 an hour to $20 an hour, Wiebel said.

The company typically has 150 employees working during the day, 150 at night and 40 to 60 working on a third shift.

There is a core of roughly 350 employees but when the work demand grows, Econo-Pak can balloon to 500 employees to complete customer requests.

“Our goal is to grow,” Wiebel said.











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