Monte Package Company, a manufacturer and supplier of packaging for the produce industry, announced today it is expanding at its Riverside, Michigan headquarters, in Hagar Township. The 92-year-old family-owned company is adding 3,600 square feet to its shipping and receiving area in its warehouse facility to accommodate increased production.

Cornerstone Alliance, Berrien County’s lead economic development agency, worked closely with Monte Package Company’s leadership on a tax abatement for the project. Cornerstone Alliance presented the tax abatement on Monte’s behalf which was approved tonight by the Hagar Township Trustees. Monte Package Company’s total investment for the expansion project is $140,000, creating two new jobs.

“Monte Package Company is a long-standing, successful manufacturing company in Berrien County,” said Greg Vaughn, Chief Operating Officer and VP, Business Development for Cornerstone Alliance. “We are grateful to Hagar Township for their help with this project and promoting business growth that will continue to make the region competitive.”

Izzy DiMaggio, Supervisor of Hagar Township said, “Monte Package Company has been an outstanding corporate citizen for Hagar Township. Their expansion project supports the Township’s mission to attract light business expansion or new additions. The Hagar Township Board welcomes and endorses planned and responsive business growth. It has been a pleasure working with Cornerstone Alliance on this project.”

“We are excited about our 92nd year of continued growth here in Riverside, Michigan,” said Tony Monte, President, Monte Package Company. ”This expansion project will enable us to move forward into our 93rd year of serving the agriculture industry throughout the United States. Staying in Hagar Township is vital to the success of our employees, customers and Monte Package Company as a whole.”

Monte Package Company has the largest line of containers for the produce industry in the United States including wire-bound crates, wet service cartons, orchard bins and picking accessories. In addition to the Hagar Township facility, Monte Package Company has distribution centers in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Boynton Beach and Lakeland, Florida.