Jobs joy for tissue firm

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A TISSUE firm is wrapping up Wigan in much-needed jobs joy.

Nice-Pak has confirmed it is to build a SECOND new factory in the borough to work alongside its successful Hindley Green operation.

The new site will take on at least 100 new staff and guarantee the future of the existing Greenbank operation.

The jobs boost comes after the company won two massive grant packages from the Regional Growth Fund.

Although the figure is not being declared because of commercial confidentiality, the company is known to be sharing a huge development pot of more than £23m with six other successful bidders.

Nice-Pak International Limited - known in the industry as the European leader in the design and manufacture of wet wipes - now plans to build a new facility, possibly on the same industrial estate site.

The firm said the grant will now enable it to provide existing and new customers with the “highest quality personal care wipes” available on the market.

The decision to site the new factory in Wigan was a “testament to the dedication and experience of all of the staff” at the existing Nice-Pak plant.

As well as safeguarding existing employment levels the new development will create up to 100 additional positions, a spokesman confirmed.

The government’s Regional Growth Fund is investing £300m in 50 projects across the country to “create thousands of jobs and fuel business expansion.”

This is expected to raise a further £140 million of private investment and create and safeguard thousands of jobs.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “The North West has seen major benefits from the Regional Growth fund already, and the £23m investment I am announcing is the latest important part in making sure the recovery is sustainable and balanced across the country.

“We’re seeing very encouraging signs that the British economy is on the road to recovery. Home-grown and British-based businesses are leading that charge for a stronger economy.

“The Regional Growth Fund gives businesses a helping hand from Government to fuel business expansion and create sustainable employment.”

Mr Clegg also paid tribute to ambitious companies like Wigan’s Nice-Pak which is using the Regional Growth Fund to “create jobs locally, helping to build a stronger economy and doing it fairly.”