Neopac US, a global manufacturer of high-barrier tube packaging for pharmaceutical and cosmetics formulas, has chosen Wilson County for its first U.S. manufacturing plant and new North American headquarters, creating up to 44 new jobs and investing more than $30.8 million.

The company, a subsidiary of Hoffmann Neopac AG based in Switzerland, will build a new high-tech facility for Polyfoil tube production at the Wilson Corporate Park and will work with the local government and education system to train new employees.

“For the last two years, we’ve done a detailed evaluation for a suitable site location in the U.S. and we are pleased to locate our new U.S. headquarters in Wilson, a community that matches perfectly with our requirements for qualified people, supportive government, a high quality of life and proximity to our customers,” said Mark Aegler, CEO at Hoffmann Neopac AG.

Douglas Voreis, managing director at Neopac US, said: “Our new pharma-focused facility prepares us to better meet the current and future needs of our North American customers and, together with our facilities in Europe, Hungary and India, allows us to be the worldwide solutions partner to all customers.”

“Neopac is an example of the kind of company we want here in North Carolina,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “They are bringing high-quality, good-paying jobs, and they’re ready to help train people to fill them.”

Neopac US, incorporated in Delaware in 2011, will build a facility in Wilson with a clean room and high-speed tube line, and the capacity to expand to four high-speed production lines.

A performance-based grant of $300,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help support Neopac’s move to North Carolina. The One N.C. Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments.

In addition to the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Wilson County, the city of Wilson, the Wilson Economic Development Council and Wilson Properties, Inc.