Premier Packaging opens in Lochridge

Busi­ness a French-owned com­pany

The Covington News - - Local News - By Rachel Oswald

A new busi­ness has opened up in Cov­ing­ton — Premier Packaging Prod­ucts Inc. — a French-owned com­pany that man­u­fac­tures card­board packaging for the ship­ping of do­mes­tic prod­ucts.

Premier Packaging is leas­ing a 20,000 square-foot ware­house from Capes Ware­houses Inc. The ware­house is lo­cated not far from the Lochridge In­dus­trial Park.

The busi­ness qui­etly opened up shop in Cov­ing­ton af­ter re­ceiv­ing its busi­ness li­cense from the city near the end of Au­gust. Premier Packaging Man­ager Olivier Ger­vais said they cur­rently are em­ploy­ing only two peo­ple, but that the num­ber of em­ploy­ees could rise to six in time.

“We start small and we’ll see,” Ger­vais said.

Ger­vais de­clined to dis­close what type of ma­chin­ery the com­pany uses, who their clients are and what their fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment in the city is for pro­pri­etary rea­sons.

Premier Packaging was brought to Cov­ing­ton by the Cov­ing­ton/ New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment. The project was for­merly co­de­named Project Cougar.

John Howard, prop­erty man­ager of Capes Ware­houses, said the ware­house space cur­rently leased by Premier Packaging was once leased by SKC Inc.

“They were just on a tem­po­rary month-to-month ba­sis,” Howard said. “This is the first time we’ve had any­body with a longer-term lease.”

Howard de­clined to say for how long Premier Packaging had taken out a lease.

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