Credits make way for Custom & Miller Box to take over Matlet property, add 42 positions

Credits make way for Custom & Miller Box to take over Matlet property, add 42 positions

PAWTUCKET –  New jobs are coming to Pawtucket after the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. last week approved $612,000 in Qualified Job Tax Credit incentives for Custom & Miller Box to expand Rhode Island operations and add 42 positions.

Custom & Miller Box, of East Providence, sister company of Pawtucket-based Key Container at 21 Campbell St., will relocate to a new facility in Pawtucket as part of the deal.

“The city is pleased to hear that CommerceRI has approved the necessary incentives for Custom & Miller Box to expand operations and add jobs here in Pawtucket,” said Commerce Director Jeanne Boyle. “The city has worked with Key Container and the state as Key Container, Custom & Miller Box’s sister company, and we will continue to provide them with any assistance that they may require as they move forward.”

The expansion, said Boyle, will take place at the 6 Delta Drive property where manufacturing jobs were lost when the Matlet Group abruptly closed its doors last October. The space the company is taking over was previously occupied by Matlet as a packaging graphics and printing company.

“It is an extremely positive sign to see that the property is being occupied by another manufacturer,” said Boyle. “We also thank the state for partnering with the city to hold a job fair in Pawtucket shortly after Matlet closed to assist former Matlet employees, where some were offered jobs by other local manufacturers.

It remains unclear exactly how Customer & Miller Box will proceed with consolidating and expanding operations, with some facilities also currently operating in Massachusetts. Company officials couldn’t immediately be reached for comment this week.

In approving the state incentives, Commerce Rhode Island board members said it offered a great opportunity to make a statement in support of Pawtucket, which was hit hard last year with the loss of several institutions.

According to the state, Custom & Miller Box expects to create 42 jobs under the credit, including production staff, sales and design jobs. Hiring will begin next year. Custom & Miller Box, which produces corrugated cardboard boxes and displays for merchandise, was considering an expansion to Massachusetts before receiving the credits from Rhode Island. The tax break won’t take effect until after the new employees are hired and paying income taxes to the state.