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Sivana Converting to Add 400 Jobs at Sunbury Plant

The owner of an incoming industrial hemp manufacturer expects at least 400 jobs by the time it reaches full production in summer 2023.

Ben Franklin client Sivana Converting LLC‘s CEO, Soheil Shahrooz, recently provided a tour to U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-12, and other local officials of the 350,000-square-foot space that once housed the former Sunbury Textile Mill facility. The first phase of the project is expected to start with 50 jobs when production starts in June.

Sivana will be a bio-degradable company for to-go containers, cups, plates, utensils and corrugated boxes. Because hemp is renewable, non-toxic, recyclable, decomposable, and 3.5 stronger than polypropylene, it is far more environmentally friendly than plastic. The goal is to produce 100 percent hemp-based products, using about 70 farmers in Pennsylvania as the suppliers, said Shahrooz.

Ben Franklin’s investment supported Sivana’s preparation of its manufacturing facility.

Via The Daily Item