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(1-21-21) On January 20, 2021, the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) approved a grant in the amount of $125,000 to Versa-Pak, Ltd. to assist with the expansion of on-site rail infrastructure at its facility in Celina, Mercer County, Ohio.  This expansion, which will result in 12 new hires for a total employment of 102 at the facility, is part of an approximately $10 million investment by Versa-Pak, Ltd.

Versa-Pak is a manufacturer of versatile plastic packaging bags and more for the food and other consumer industries.  Founded in 1986 as Versa Pak Inc., the company expanded into Versa Pak, LTD over the years following ownership changes. Continued growth led Versa-Pak to build and move into a new facility at its present location in Celina.  With 26 different manufacturing lines, Versa-Pak can manufacture a variety of FDA-certified plastic sheeting and plastic bags with low-slip, anti-static and flame retardant properties and numerous colors.  As a custom manufacturer, Versa-Pak works closely with its customers to determine the exact needs and specifications required for the project at hand. 

Matthew Dietrich, Executive Director of the ORDC, said:

“the benefits of this project are two-fold.  Not only does this project help to support Versa-Pak grow at their current location in Celina, but it also improves the railroad’s capacity and fluidity in their rail yard, which will benefit all of the companies using RJ Corman in the area.”