British pharmaceutical packager Softbox to put HQ in Greenville

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A British packaging company said it will put a headquarters operation in a new building to be constructed in Greenville near the intersection of interstates 85 and 185.

Softbox Systems, which makes temperature-sensitive packaging for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, already operates a distribution facility off of Pelham Road.

In a news release, the company said it plans to put its headquarters for the U.S. and Canada in the new building, along with production, warehousing, and an advanced lab.

The company said the new building is scheduled to open next year and that the expansion will involve 70 new jobs.

That will bring Softbox’s total employment in Greenville to just under 100, according to Tony Smith, a project manager with the Greenville Area Development Corp., Greenville County’s economic development organization, which helped arrange a property tax break for the project.

Smith said Softbox didn’t want to disclose how much it was spending on the expansion, but he said it involves a sizable investment, “a brand-new facility, new machinery and equipment.”

A Greenville developer, The Furman Co./Development, will design and build the 65,000-square-foot building for Softbox Systems, according to a news release from the state Commerce Department.

The state’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development authorized a $200,000 grant to help defray the cost of the new building, according to the Commerce Department.

Softbox Systems does business around the world from its base in Long Crendon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, according to its website.

In 2014, a Connecticut investment firm called Great Point Partners announced an undisclosed investment in Softbox Systems.

At the time, Great Point Partners said in a news release that the investment would “enable Softbox to expand its global geographic footprint, diversify its product offering, and continue to invest in superior customer service for its clients.”

A Softbox executive referred questions to a Great Point executive, who did not immediately respond to an inquiry from UBJ.

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