Pactiv adding 59 food packaging workers in Kinston

A company that makes the cartons, clamshells and other packages that food is sold and served in is adding 59 jobs in Lenoir County and investing more than $24 million at its Kinston plant.

Pactiv stands to receive a $150,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund for hiring the operators, technicians, mechanics and other positions over the next three years, Gov. Pat McCrory’s office said Thursday. The One NC Fund is contingent on local matching grants.

The average annual payroll for the new jobs will be $1.8 million, according to McCrory’s office. The jobs will pay an average annual salary of $30,636, below the average annual wage for Lenoir County of $32,164.

Pactiv employs more than 1,000 people at six sites in North Carolina and supplies McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, WalMart and Kroger, among others.

Founded in 1965, Pactiv in 2010 became part of Reynolds Group Holdings, a global manufacturer and supplier of food and beverage packaging and storage products.

It produces packaging for the U.S. and international food service industry from foam, plastic, pressed paperboard and other materials. The company has more than 11,000 employees and more than 50 manufacturing plants.

Its North Carolina plants are in Kinston, Greensboro, Moorseville, Aberdeen and two in Huntersville.

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