Earlier this year, Printpack began operations in its expanded facility in Oakland Industrial Park. The $31.2 million capital investment included a roughly
150,000 square-foot expansion of its existing 105,000 square-foot Newport News facility and the creation of 60 new jobs. In 2015, the company began exploration of expanded operational capacity. The City of Newport News, which has a long-standing, positive relationship with Printpack through its Economic Development Authority and Department of Development, formed a project team and competed successfully against other potential locations around the country for the project.
Printpack pioneered barrier-rigid containers that enable long and stable food product shelf life. Familiar Printpack products made
in Newport News include plastic pudding cups and “Go-Paks” for a diverse array of foods, including Teddy Grahams and Mini Chips Ahoy cookies. Printpack and its predecessor companies have been located in Oakland since 1997. The family-owned firm is the 7th largest plastics film and sheet manufacturer in North America and ranks 18th in the world for companies using thermoforming (heat treatment) to shape plastic. Important factors in their decision to expand in Newport News included the workforce, business climate, ease to market, and quality of life.