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Printing & Packaging

Printing and packaging is a strong cluster in the Roanoke Region, which is manufacturing friendly. In 2016, 12 percent of the Roanoke Region's private sector workforce was employed in manufacturing, topping both Virginia (7.1 percent) and the U.S. (9.9 percent).

  • 300 print and publishing firms employ 4,000 people in the region.
  • 60 packaging firms employ another 1,900 people.
  • Area employers draw from a labor force of more than 300,000.
  • Products include high-end consumer packaging, business forms and envelopes, corrugated packaging, and plastic bags.
  • Abundant utilities including fiber, water, gas, and electricity, with electric rates below the national average.
  • Affordable, high-quality assistance available through GENEDGE Alliance's network of field offices.

Higher Education Connection

Companies have access to research and resources available through higher education centers.

Virginia Tech Center for High Performance Manufacturing

  • Developed to help manufacturers cut costs, improve operations, and keep up with customer demand.
  • Areas of specialization include: flexible automation, manufacturing logistics, production and information systems, rapid prototyping and tooling, and low-cost composite manufacturing.

Advanced Manufacturing and Packaging Technology Program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

  • Education partner of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI)
  • Focus is on mechatronics -- integration of mechanical, electronic, and software engineering -- to control advanced automation and hybrid systems.
  • Amatrol Inc. equipment and instructional modules.

Who's Here 

  • Ardagh Group -- Metal food packaging.
  • Arkay Packaging -- Design and printing of packaging for high-end consumer products
  • Conwed Plastics -- Extruded plastic netting for a range of industries including food and consumer goods.
  • Corrugated Container -- Cardboard and corrugated packaging products.
  • Double Envelope -- Manufactures and distributes custom envelopes.
  • InfoSeal -- Manifold business forms, self-mailer documents in various formats.
  • Packaging Corporation of America -- Single-source supplier of corrugated shipping containers for industrial and commercial use.
  • Chocklett Press -- Commercial printing company.
  • Source 4 -- Printing, communications, graphics services.
  • Trinity Packaging -- Retail lawn and food service bags.
  • WestRock -- Provides packaging solutions and products to the food and beverage, media and entertainment, personal care, cosmetic, and health industries.

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