Franklin County welcomed its second tenant into the new Summit View Business Park on Tuesday. Stik-Pak Solutions broke ground on a new manufacturing facility less than a month after ValleyStar Credit Union began construction on its new administrative campus.

Kennon Marshall, chief operating officer of Stik-Pak Solutions, praised Franklin County and its workforce at Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony. The company, formed in 2015, has 35 employees at its current location in the Franklin County Commerce Center.

“This is a group of people who are dedicated and willing to go the extra mile,” Marshall said of his employees.

Tuesday’s groundbreaking signaled the start of a $14.3 million project that will expand the contract packaging company into a new 50,000-square-foot facility expected to be completed sometime next year. Stik-Pak also plans to expand the facility to 100,000 square feet within six years and employ as many as 95 people by then.

“We wouldn’t build anywhere else than Franklin County,” Marshall said.

Stik-Pak was originally formed as a sister company of Solution Matrix that chose Franklin County for its new headquarters and manufacturing facility in 2010. Stik-Pak was formed five years later and was housed in the existing facility. The company provides contract packaging for a variety of flexible pouch options.

Rick Sell, president of Stik-Pak Solutions, discussed the company’s growth from a small business making less than 15 million stick packs a year to more than 80 million a year today. The company has expanded to not only package the product, but also purchase and blend ingredients all in the same facility. Sell said the new facility will help the company to continue growing.

Franklin County Board of Supervisors Chairman Cline Brubaker touted the future of the business park as more than a place for businesses.

The 550-acre park will include athletic fields, a BMX bicycle course, a festival area, a visitor center and multi-use trails. He said the park will eventually be seen as a community hub and thanked Stik-Pak for being a part of it.

“Stik-Pak is a great example of how an existing business can achieve success right here in Franklin County,” Brubaker said during the groundbreaking.

“We’re delighted to help Stik-Pak grow with a strong workforce, great business climate and now a marquee project like Summit View Business Park that is accommodating the company’s growth while redefining our economic future.”

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