A FOOD and drink packaging manufacturer has announced expansion plans for its Gosport site.
Huhtamaki, in Rowner Road, already employs 373 people across its two Gosport production facilities, and this investment will see the workforce grow, as well as securing the long-term future of the business.
Rosemary Mason, managing director, said: ‘The development of the Holbrook site is with the full support of Gosport Borough Council.
‘The site will generate new job opportunities, secure employment in the local area and through our various training schemes and successful apprenticeship programmes, we will be able to offer many benefits back to the community which supports us.’
She said the expansion will take place without any interruption to production, and will see new production areas, a warehouse and offices built alongside existing facilities.
Huhtamaki, which makes paper cups, is a global company that employs 16,700 people across 69 manufacturing units and 23 sales offices worldwide.
Mrs Mason said that a growth in coffee shop culture has led to a rise in business over the past five years.
She added: ‘It’s now reached the point however where the increasing demands for our products has meant more investment is required, allowing an expansion of the Gosport factory site.’
Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport, gave her support.
She said: ‘The investment by Huhtamaki in its Holbrook site is not only a demonstration of the company’s confidence in its own workforce, but in Gosport too.
‘The site development shows a clear commitment to the community and its people, and will provide job security as well as additional employment and opportunities.
‘The investment in the development of the factory make for an exciting future for both Huhtamaki and Gosport.
Building work is expected to be completed by March 2017.
The precise number of jobs the expansion will create is unknown at present, although the manufacturing area will double in size.