Kruger Packaging Elizabethtown marks major milestone

By Dominic Manecke, Building Kentucky

Earlier this month, Kruger Packaging team members, Mayor Jeff Gregory and community leaders visited the T. J. Patterson Industrial Park to get an exclusive look at the exciting developments, including the installation of the packaging plant’s walls, occurring at the future site of the Kruger Packaging Elizabethtown Plant.

“The City of Elizabethtown is beyond excited to welcome Kruger Packaging to our Industrial Park. Kruger checks all the ‘boxes’ we are looking for when recruiting quality industry. They are a well-respected, highly diversified, century-old Canadian company that has already shown the desire to be a great community partner. We want to congratulate the Kruger family for their newest investment and thank them for placing their trust in Elizabethtown.”

– Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory

The $114 million state-of-the-art facility will manufacture environmentally sustainable packaging products, creating nearly 150 new jobs and supporting countless more in Hardin County and across Kentucky. In fact, it is anticipated that the 400,000 square-foot packaging plant will produce over 2.4 billion square-feet of 100 percent recycled corrugated boxes — the equivalent of nearly three football fields.

“Elizabethtown has a strong, diverse, talented workforce and is an ideal location to start and grow a business. We are excited to call E’town home, and we look forward to working with Mayor Gregory, local businesses, other stakeholders, and our newest neighbors to ensure that the community we all care so deeply about remains strong and continues to thrive.”

John Keith, Kruger Packaging Elizabethtown General Manager.

Once complete, the Kruger Packaging Elizabethtown Plant will be the company’s first-ever American packaging plant and will utilize robotic and automated technology to build better boxes for well-known brands as well as countless medium and small businesses throughout Kentucky.

In the meantime, the company is hiring Kentuckians to join its team! On November 17, the Kruger Packaging Elizabethtown Plant held a job fair that attracted nearly 200 candidates. Starting pay from $16 to $32 an hour depending on experience and position. Interested individuals should visit to apply.

For more information about the Kruger Packaging Elizabethtown Plant, visit

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