The facility will save the equivalent of up to 10,000 trees a day by using 100 percent recycled paper from Pratt’s mill system. The plant also uses compressed natural gas on its forklifts and clamp trucks, and has a “zero discharge” water system.
“This is probably one of the most environmentally friendly box-making facilities in the country,” Beaudoin said.
The project was approved in July 2013 for a 65 percent, 10-year state tax credit, an income tax abatement. The Warren County Port Authority also approved constructive incentives for the project.
Tuesday’s opening event was attended by Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Pratt Industries Global Chairman Anthony Pratt and local officials.
Pratt employs more than 4,000 workers at over 60 facilities that also include a corrugating plant in Springfield and an office in Mason.