The Chamber and Governor Laura Kelly celebrate major economic announcement in Lawrence

Lawrence, Kansas— On Tuesday, September 14th, The Chamber, Lawrence, Kansas, along with Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Lt. Governor David Toland, celebrated a major economic development in Lawrence. Berry Global Group, Inc. announced a major project expansion that will create 84 new jobs and invest $61 million in our community.

The Berry Global expansion includes installation of new thermoform production lines and printers. The new equipment allows them to meet an increased demand for drink cups and lids made from polypropylene, which is more commonly accepted for recycling.

“We are extremely pleased that Berry Global is adding a significant number of jobs and capital investment in Lawrence,” Steve Kelly, Vice President of Economic Development at The Chamber of Lawrence, said. “This facility has been a mainstay of our local business community for many years, and we’re very happy to see it continue to flourish and grow.”

The announcement, made at KU Innovation Park, comes on the heels of a top nod for Governor Kelly, who received Area Development’s Top 20 States for Doing Business recognition for 2021—the first time in Kansas history the state has made the Top 20 list.

“Berry Global Group, Inc. is a great success story in Lawrence, and we’re glad to see them continue to grow their footprint in Kansas,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “They will be adding to their workforce of approximately 800 people currently at the facility and continuing to make strides on their long-term sustainability strategy, which will have positive impacts on their products, performance and partners well into the future.”

For more information, please visit or message VP of Economic Development Steve Kelly at for more information.

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