Berry Global, Inc., known locally as Berry Plastics, will expand its Madisonville production facility, adding 79 jobs, with a potential for more in the future.

Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation President Ray Hagerman announced the expansion to the Madisonville City Council in a Monday meeting.

"We're very pleased to see this happening. I think it shows a lot of confidence from Berry in our community, and we look forward to working with them again in the future," said Hagerman. "We're glad that they're going to invest this money into our community and create that many new jobs for us."

The expansion is the direct result of a new product line that will produce plastic packaging. As part of the project, Berry will invest $40-50 million in new equipment and upgrades to the Island Park Drive facility. The enhancements will bring nearly 80 new, full-time jobs, which include both entry-level manufacturing and skilled trade positions.

"We are very pleased to be expanding production at our Madisonville facility," said Berry Global Chairman and CEO Tom Salmon in a statement released Monday. "We would like to thank officials from Madisonville and Hopkins County for their ongoing support of our growth initiatives."

The expansion and added jobs will allow Berry to tap into an outstanding incentive deal first approved in 2012. The incentive was granted under the condition that Berry create 420 new jobs, a condition they will meet with the new production line.

Under the incentive deal, the city of Madisonville will return to Berry two-thirds of the payroll taxes it pays for a period of 10 years. The city charges 1.5 percent for payroll tax, so 1 percent will be forfeited to Berry as part of the deal.

According to Hagerman, the wage rates for these new jobs are $15 an hour and higher. All of the jobs will be new hires and there will be no layoffs as a result of the new positions.

Hagerman said that Berry will likely fill several of the positions before June. Interested applicants may apply online at berryglobal.com/careers.

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