ONE of the UK's largest privately owned corrugated packaging producers is set to establish a £6 million manufacturing base in Somerset, creating more than 40 jobs.
Rigid Containers Ltd is set to locate at Chelston Business Park in Wellington, moving into a former Cooperative distribution warehouse, which closed earlier this year.
Rigid Containers' managing director Richard Coward said: "We will open the site as a distribution hub in early April. It is our intention to then make the site a full production facility, for the manufacture of corrugated packaging, during the latter part of the year."
The distribution hub will create up to 40 new jobs for the area immediately, with a "considerable number" of new roles created as the manufacturing side of the business takes off.
The company's £6 million investment is being supported with funding from Taunton Deane Borough Council. It has offered Rigid £1,000 per new job created, up to a maximum payout of £100,000, through its Investment Fund .
Councillor Norman Cavill, lead executive member for economic development, has liaised with Rigid since the company approached the council in October 2012.
He said: "This investment is hugely welcome, particularly in the wake of the Cooperative closing. We've therefore gone the extra mile to make it easier for Rigid to come to Wellington. The company will create much needed jobs and will bring a huge empty property, which would probably have been very difficult to let otherwise, back into use."