Mack Traynor, CEO of Ultra Green Packaging, told the Devils Lake City Commission Monday night the company will soon begin producing products at its newly opened plant in Devils Lake. Traynor said the first item it will produce is plastic lids.
Ultra Green recently established a straw pulp manufacturing and molding facility in Devils Lake. It eventually will produce a variety of products at the facility, including pizza pans, serving ware, plates, bake ware and bowls. All items meet an increasing demand for environmentally friendly and sustainable products.
Traynor said the company has spent approximately $150,000 in the last few months on the facility and eventually will spend $2.3 million, most being spent with local contractors.
"We want it to be a first class operation," Traynor said.
He said the company plans to hire approximately 150 employees by this time next year and has many local applicants. He said the local annual payroll in 2013 will be approximately $3.7 million. The company supplied paper products at a recent Rotary spaghetti feed and received positive feedback.
Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson called the company's plans "exciting and very promising."
In commission portfolio reports, Fire Chief Jim Moe said the next meeting of the commission's Animal Committee, which is reviewing household pet limits, is Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. in the city offices at 423 6th Street NE. City Attorney Tom Traynor said the recently formed Alcohol Ordinance Committee held its first meeting Oct. 30 and will next meet Nov. 20. The committee consists of Traynor, Moe and Police Chief Keith Schroeder. Devils Lake citizens serving on the committee are John Burckhard and Barry Gage.
The next city commission meeting is Monday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.ci.devils-lake.nd.us/index.html.