Berry Plastics Expands in Peosta

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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PEOSTA, Iowa - Berry Plastics in Peosta is celebrating a multi-million dollar expansion project, and bringing in new workers.

And if the trend continues, company leaders say this could be just the start.

These days, life sure is good for Berry Plastics employee Donna Fries.

“It made my life a lot better," Fries said. "I’m thinking about buying a house right now. I just got a new car a couple months ago.”

She graduated from Northeast Iowa Community College last year but couldn’t find a job that fit - until now.

“I like it here,” Fries said.

You might be familiar with the things Fries and her co-workers make.

“We make Aunt Jemima syrup bottles, Old Spice body wash bottles, Aussie Shampoo bottles,” said Berry Plastics President Curt Begle.

Company officials say those products stayed in demand even in a down economy.

“We do have some markets that may be down and others that may be up and it helps balance out through some tough times,” Begle said.

Berry Plastics recently added 70,000 square feet to its existing building. So far that has meant about a dozen new jobs, and the company could keep up that pace over the next five years.

“We start adding more and more jobs," Begle said. "We are not going to limit ourselves to any amount. ”

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