Nice-Pak expands Arkansas facility to meet disinfectant demand

Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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A leader in branded and private brand disinfecting wipes is expanding due to demand brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Nice-Pak, Orangeburg, N.Y., is planning to more than double its Jonesboro, Ark.-based facility and grow its manufacturing capacity, adding more than 300 associates by the end of 2021 in the process. Nice-Pak also has manufacturing facilities in Mooresville, Ind.; Flint, Wales; Wigan, United Kingdom; and Magdeburg, Germany.

The project begins in January 2021 and a phased approach will look to finish up in August 2021. The upgrades and growth of the facility will include adding a new manufacturing line, extending current ones and developing hundreds of new jobs at the plant. Earlier in the year, Nice-Pak increased its household disinfectant manufacturing production to run 24/7 in response to the increased demand.

"Our products are essential for consumers to help stay healthy and well amid the COVID-19 pandemic," said Robert Julius, chairman and CEO of Nice-Pak. "We have been working non-stop to produce more wipes than ever before, and we commend the tremendous performance of our Jonesboro associates, who have been terrific in rising to the challenge."

Nice-Pak recently generated independent clinical data showing its disinfectant wipes demonstrate efficacy against the virus that causes COVID-19. The company also introduced a new graphics and branding strategy for their Nice 'N Clean wipes, covering the baby, hand, flushable and surface categories. 

For more than 10 years, Nice-Pak's Jonesboro facility has been a manufacturing center of excellence, producing an innovative portfolio of wet wipes for the consumer market. The Jonesboro operation comprises more than one million square feet of manufacturing and distribution and is a state-of-the-art, EPA registered, ISO 9001 certified and audited facility. 

Additionally, the company has targeted the Jonesboro facility to obtain zero-landfill status that includes more efficient energy and water use, and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Nice-Pak's facilities reused more than 16 tons of scrap nonwoven material in 2019 through partnerships with local packaging material suppliers at its worldwide locations.