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NAPCO expansion will bring jobs to region

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Sparta, N.C., company makes DVD packages, cards, board games and other paperboard products

By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

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SPARTA, N.C. – NAPCO announced an expansion of its plant in Sparta, N.C., and the hiring of 35 new employees during a press conference held in conjunction with the start of the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday.

Michael Smith, Alleghany County manager, praised NAPCO for its commitment to Alleghany, where it has operated for 40 years.

NAPCO President Paul Demmink said NAPCO is a custom manufacturer of rigid paperboard products. “We make everything from playing cards, coin collector boards, board games, such as Monopoly, and many more,” Demmink said. It also makes packaging for video games, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs; and product packaging for companies like Lancome.

Bill Slagle of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina said a $450,000 grant had been approved for the project. In a breakdown, he said $225,000 would come from the partnership for renovations to the plant, NAPCO will put up $213,000 and Alleghany County $11,250.

Also, Slagle said as part of the expansion project, the N.C. Department of Community Colleges had pledged between $900 and $1,000 per employee for training.

Mark Evans, chairman of the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners, said the board is excited about the expansion.

Demmink said NAPCO recently added a new machine that has increased production and helped with the turnaround time. It will also allow the company to print game cards.

The plant now employs 82 people on two shifts. Several of the employees live in the Grayson County area. He said hiring the new employees should begin soon.

NAPCO opened in Sparta in 1977. The commissioners presented Demmink with a framed resolution honoring NAPCO on its 40th anniversary.