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Ronpak opens new plant at Port, brings new jobs to ArkLaTex

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Bessie Webber says Ronpak has been her savior. Bessie Webber says Ronpak has been her savior.
Ronpak CEO Ronald Sedley cuts the ribbon on new facility. Ronpak CEO Ronald Sedley cuts the ribbon on new facility.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Local leaders called Wednesday one of the biggest days in Shreveport history when it comes to economic growth. Ronpak, a leading manufacturing company that makes paper bags for fast food restaurants, held its ribbon cutting ceremony at the Port of Caddo-Bossier.

The company began the process two years ago when it moved into a temporary facility close to its new 155,000 square foot building.  It also moved its corporate headquarters to Shreveport all the way from New Jersey.

Ronpak lead quality technician Bessie Webber says being hired by Ronpak was one of the best things that has ever happened to her. "Ronpak has been my rescue. It's been more like a savior to me."

The word savior is not usually a word you hear to describe a manufacturing plant but that's exactly what Webber says Ronpak has been to her after things seemed bleak following 28 years in the manufacturing business. "General Motors, we all know the story behind it. Sometimes you get a little discouraged thinking there's not anything else that's out there for you to do."

But now Ronpak is here with its $16.8 million manufacturing plant and its headquarters right in our backyard.  People like Webber are exactly who Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover says he envisioned would prosper with the addition.

"This represents a major employer. This represents the kind of opportunity that gives them not just a job but a career where you can come and be able to get the kind of opportunity that allows you to be able to support yourself, take care of your family and continue to grow this community," says Glover.

"Tears came to my eyes," says Ronpak CEO Ronald Sedley of the move. "I'm ecstatic. I'm ecstatic with the results that we've had. I'm ecstatic with the people and the feeling of the people and how they have grown in this process."

In the end, over 1,000 new jobs will have been created in the area, and Sedley intends for Ronpak's presence here to change lives. "We want to be part of the community and give back."

It's all happening just in time for Ronpak's new lead quality technician. "It's was an eye opener," Webber says. "Something that was much needed in the area at a much needed time. It's absolutely a savior for me," says Webber.

Sedley adds that he hopes to have all the new jobs in place in the next 3 to 5 years. For questions about employment, you can call (732) 968-8000 or log on to www.ronpak.com.

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