D&W Fine Pack Adding Equipment & Jobs

November 6th, 2014

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Published: November 6, 2014 3:00 a.m.

Upgrades to mean 18 hires

D&W Fine Pack seeks tax break, $11 million investment

Paul Wyche | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne packaging company will invest more than $11 million on equipment.

D&W Fine Pack, 7707 Vicksburg Pike, is seeking a 10-year abatement on equipment it plans to buy and transfer and a one-year tax break on special tooling machinery, according to paperwork filed this week with the Allen County Department of Planning Services.

The company expects to add 18 positions, paying about $11 to $17 an hour. It presently has 358 employees.

D&W, part of Mid Oaks Investments in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, provides packaging and tableware products for the food service and food packaging industries. It operates 15 facilities in the United States, Canada and China.

While the number of jobs created by the project may not be eye-popping, the investment is noteworthy, said Lynn Dyer, president of the Foodservice Packaging Institute in Falls Church, Virginia.

“They are a company that has grown through acquisitions and growth in the industry,” she said. “It is smart on their part (to invest in equipment). Todays demographic is causing growth in the food service industry, and the need for containers at restaurants, cafeterias, coffee shops and other takeout food establishments is growing as well.”