Food packager moves to Altec Lansing plant in Milford

By Beth Brelje Pocono Record Writer September 18, 2013
A major packaging company, Econo-Pak, is buying the former Altec Lansing building in Milford for an undisclosed amount and bringing about 400 jobs to Pike County. Township supervisors Monday approved a conditional use application requested by North American Packaging of Sussex, N.J., doing business as Econo-Pak, which repackages food. A conditional use application was needed because the company intends to operate 24 hours a day. “Fortune 500 companies send us the food, and we reconfigure it,” Econo-Pak CEO P.J. Wieble said. Food companies may send bulk crackers, and Econo-Pak converts them into smaller packages and sometimes those packages are sold as variety packs. The foods are sold across the country in large club, convenience and grocery stores. In Milford, Econo-Pak will handle cookies, crackers, muffins and candy from well-known manufacturers. Some 15 to 25 trucks a day will travel to the Milford location from Interstate 84. The company employs some 400 employees. The move to Milford will mean they will have the opportunity to work in Pennsylvania, Wieble said. Current employees will be offered positions in Pike. And for those who choose not to relocate, that will create job openings in Milford. Wieble declined to say what the typical pay is. “We probably have seven managers from Pike. We already have strong roots in Pike County,” he said. Typical jobs at Econo-Pak include machine operators, quality control, line leaders, production workers, supervisors and mechanics. The company aims to move into the Milford building in late November. Before that, it will hold a job fair in late October or early November. Look for signs on the property advertising the job fair. The move is happening because the company plans a retail business at its current New Jersey site. The move will enable Econo-Pak to put two of its current operations under one roof, Wieble said.