Delmarva Corrugated Packaging ‘Opens Box’ on $90M-Plus Green-Friendly Super Plant, Celebrates 160 Jobs Brought to Delaware

Company also announces new solar panel project and Autism Delaware partnership

June 24, 2024

DOVER, Del. – Delmarva Corrugated Packaging (DCP) showcased its 465,000-square-foot, energy-efficient, rail-served, full-line corrugated manufacturing facility during a recent “OPEN THE BOX” event at the Delaware plant.

DCP’s Dover facility, which is located on a 37.4-acre site at 1601 POW/MIA Parkway, strengthens the critical logistical supply chain of the Mid-Atlantic region. It has been operational since December 2021 and currently has 160 full-time manufacturing positions that have significantly improved workers’ ability to move up the skilled labor ladder.

Filled with the latest technology for its industry and relying on advanced manufacturing practices, DCP’s plant was built to be 30% more efficient than required on energy and diverts millions of tons of post-consumer wastepaper from landfills each year. As announced during the event, further green initiatives for the company include installation of a 2-megawatt photovoltaic system that officials believe will be the largest rooftop solar panel installation in Delaware. The project will allow about one-third of the facility’s power to come from the sun, and it is estimated that the system will take power off the local grid that is equivalent to the electricity needed to power roughly 250 homes.

Also during the event, DCP announced a programming partnership with Autism Delaware and presented a $10,000 check to Executive Director Brian Hall. The partnership and donation will support participation in social opportunities for families presented with the unique challenges of autism.

Federal, state, local, business community and company officials praised DCP’s impact on the Delaware, Kent County and Dover-area economic landscape.

“Delaware is a small state, but we use that to our advantage to work together to create a nurturing environment for job growth and job preservation,” said U.S. Senator Tom Carper. “This is a great example of the county, state and federal governments coming together to support good-paying jobs and a company that gives back to its community. That’s what I call a win-win!”

“Delmarva Corrugated Packaging’s commitment to green energy and strong supply chains ensures that they’ll be a key player in Delaware’s economy,” said U.S. Senator Chris Coons. “It was great to join the rest of the state delegation to cut the ribbon on their Dover facility, and I look forward to seeing their continued growth that will create more good-paying jobs for Delawareans.”

“Today, we’re opening the box on a new chapter for Dover that was made possible by federal, state and local partners working together,” said U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, who is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “I’m glad to join Delmarva Corrugated Packaging to celebrate this achievement that is investing in our state’s capital community, creating jobs and strengthening our supply chains.”

“Delmarva Corrugated Packaging’s new manufacturing facility has created 160 new jobs for Delaware and strengthens our region’s supply chain,” said Governor John Carney. “We are grateful they chose Kent County for this major facility. I want to congratulate them on opening their doors and thank all the partners involved in this project, including the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, the Kent Economic Partnership, the City of Dover and members of the General Assembly.”

In 2020, Delaware Prosperity Partnership and Kent Economic Partnership assisted DCP in their site search and worked with the State of Delaware, Kent County, the City of Dover, Delmarva Central Railroad and other community partners to attract the company to Delaware. The DCP plant is in an Opportunity Zone and was supported by grants from the Delaware Strategic Funds and the Delaware Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund. The project highlights the importance that partnerships and coordination among federal, state and local programs in attracting industry.

“The reception we have received from the State of Delaware, from Kent County, the municipality, you could not have been more welcoming,” said DCP Chairman Dennis Mehiel. “We’re proud to be here, and we are extremely grateful to the community in both the business and the public sector.”

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