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Defiance's Apackaging Group Receives Rail Grant

On January 19, 2022, the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) approved a grant in the amount of $100,000 to assist APackaging Group (APG) with the construction of rail infrastructure at its new 80,000 s.f. facility to be built in Defiance. APG plans to construct an approximately $49 million facility located on the Napoleon Defiance & Western Railway. The company will create 135 jobs once the project is complete.

Based in California, APG currently has five distribution locations in the US and Canada. APG is a single source manufacturer of high-end, standard and customized packaging products for the cosmetics, skincare, and personal care industries with over 2,000 stock and customizable solutions. Formed by Helga Arminak in 2019, APG offers a full line of cosmetics packaging, airless pump bottles and eco-friendly packaging.

The new facility in Defiance will be APG’s first manufacturing facility in the US. The company will produce up to 500 million plastic dispensing pumps for the health and beauty industry when fully operational. The project will help meet additional demand from customers, specifically with increasing requirements to onshore production due to recent supply chain disruptions.

“It is always our goal to assist businesses who are making investments in our state. This project is especially rewarding for ORDC because of the long-term partnership with the Napoleon Defiance & Western to upgrade the rail line which allows the company to utilize rail capabilities in order to move its product. This project is a win for everyone,” said Matthew Dietrich, Executive Director of the Ohio Rail Development Commission.

Will Nguyen, Director of Engineering for APG said “we greatly appreciate the ORDC’s assistance with this project. We couldn’t have done it without their assistance. We look forward to the growth this opportunity has given our business.


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