DOVER — Delmarva Corrugated Packaging now Dover’s largest manufacturing plant, opened its 457,000 square foot energy efficient facility with the latest state-of-the-art corrugated machinery to build better boxes and high-quality packaging almost a year ago.
Energy conservation was built into the design, which exceeds the required baseline for energy consumption by 39%. The energy efficiency measures were financed through Energize Delaware’s Low Interest Commercial Loan Program and Delaware C-PACE. The DE C-PACE program is an economic development strategy with environmental benefits for commercial buildings through counties that opted in to the program and Energize Delaware. Kent County was fortunate to have the plant built between Dover and Camden.
“We wish to thank Delmarva Corrugated Packaging for their leadership and commitment to energy efficient building design and manufacturing here in Central Delaware,” said Kent County Administrator Mike Petit de Mange. “The D-PACE Program is enabling businesses to incorporate energy best practices in a cost-effective way that ultimately will benefit the County, our residents, and the environment.”
Delmarva Corrugated Packaging’s energy-efficiency measure includes LED lighting throughout the plant and office space, padded insulation on dent proof wall panels, thick insulated bay doors, insulated roofing, and energy-efficient HVAC. They have a recycling machine used to collect and bail scraps. Making use of cost-effective transportation the Delmarva Central Railroad branches off into building for incoming freight.
Currently the plant employs 125 people; as business grows manufacturing has room to increase capacity which means hiring additional employees.
Tony Deprima, executive director of Energize Delaware said, “This project represents several firsts for Energize Delaware. It’s our first DE C-PACE project in Kent County, our first manufacturing DE C-PACE project, and the first time we combined our Low Interest Commercial Loan program with private sector DE C-PACE financing. I want to thank the Kent County Levy Court for participating in our DE C-PACE program”
Delmarva Corrugated Packaging supplies major corporations like Frito Lay, Pepsi, Bed Bath & Beyond, Nature’s Bounty and more.