BY JASON CAMPBELL
One of the nation’s largest corrugated packaging facilities will be bringing nearly 140 jobs when they open for business on East Louise Avenue.
Pratt Industries – America’s fifth-largest corrugated packaging company and the world’s largest, privately-held 100 percent recycled paper and packing company – is currently hiring for a handful of positions to fill their facility at 2131 E. Louise Avenue across from Super Store Industries.
The announcement of another employer setting up shop in Lathrop was cause for celebration for local elected leaders and city officials that have been working to secure more jobs for residents.
“One of the main goals of the council was to create more jobs for our residents so that they’re able to provide for their families, and this is another step towards achieving that goal,” Lathrop Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal said. “We’re still going to work hard to bring more jobs to our city, and we want to welcome Pratt Industries to Lathrop and wish them continued success in their endeavors.”
Currently a number of jobs are available on job search engine Glassdoor.com, ranging from human resources and shipping to quality control and manufacturing. The company’s official website lists a number of specific jobs for the Lathrop site – the company’s only California location and only its second on the West Coast – and postings, which vary depending on the title.
According to Dhaliwal, another company choosing Lathrop as a site for a facility is a testament not only to the city’s business-friendly climate and its prime location, but also to the city staff who works tirelessly to fulfill the council’s vision and commitment to residents.
And as the city works to bring more jobs to the community – companies that provide the sort of wages and benefits that allows people to work in the community in which they live – Dhaliwal said that the work then becomes to bring more retail to serve those same workers.
“Business is an important part of any community, and I think that the credit for this should go to the entire team that worked hard to make this a reality,” Dhaliwal said. “We’re bringing businesses to Lathrop but we’re also working hard to bring more retail to our community as well so that our residents will be able to keep their tax dollars where they live.
“We’re working hard on both of these fronts.”
The company is on the cutting edge of sustainability with nods from environmental leaders such as former Vice President Al Gore and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for its innovation and dedication to using 100 percent recycled products and playing a role on the front lines of the fight against climate change.
For additional information about available jobs or more information about the company, visit www.prattindustries.com, and click on the link at the top of the page marked “careers.”