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National Golden Tissue plans to hire up to 500 at Hagerstown plant in five years

May 22, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- National Golden Tissue, a manufacturer of processed paper products, recently opened its first factory in Hagerstown and intends to employ as many as 500 people within the next five years, a company official said Wednesday.

Soheil Shahrooz, vice president of business development for National Golden Tissue, said the company primarily manufactures facial tissue, toilet paper, luncheon napkins and paper towels for use in restaurants, hotels and offices.

The business employs about 20 people, but more workers will be needed as things get busier, Shahrooz said. By the end of the year, National Golden Tissue will need about 120 workers, he said.

"We have 11 more machines coming in," Shahrooz said. "Business has been going very well. Our word is getting out. We want to offer a product with a golden touch."

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Workers will earn between $8 and $15 per hour and receive benefits after six months, Shahrooz said. Office employees will be salaried.

Shahrooz said his family chose to open the 130,000-square-foot facility at 858 Willow Circle because the location is close to major highways.

"We can (deliver) anything within a 300-mile radius in two days," he said.

National Golden Tissue has invested $6 million so far, and intends to open another facility in Hagerstown in about two years, said Sam Shahrooz, CEO of National Golden Tissue. Within five years, the total investment should reach about $14 million.

Shahrooz said the City of Hagerstown, Washington County and the State of Maryland provided the company with about $600,000 in financial assistance.

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