ORBIS Corporation breaks ground on expansion project


The ORBIS Corporation held a groundbreaking Tuesday morning for their 47 million dollar expansion project in Urbana.

Bill Ash

The new 50,000-square-foot facility will be adjacent to the current facility located just off of Miami Street on the east side of Urbana.

ORBIS helps world-class companies move, store, and protect products more sustainably and efficiently. Their experts design a solution based on their customers’ needs and create and deliver reusable packaging programs designed for cost savings and sustainability.

ORBIS expects to add 40 to 50 new associates with the expansion and allow for career growth for current employees.

The new building and equipment will allow production to be increased by 30%.

There are also plans for a new off-site warehouse to be built in Urbana.

Bill Ash, President of ORBIS Corporation, thanked everyone for making this project happen including their associates, customers, project leaders, builders, and the many people of Urbana and Champaign County who aided in the expansion.

Rich Ebert, Champaign County Economic Partnership President, said this was a project in the works for more than a decade.  It took 12 years to make the dreams become reality.  Some of the challenges included the property.  The grounds were unusable and crews worked over the last several years to clear out 20 acres for the new building.

Mayor Bill Bean spoke and thanked ORBIS for choosing Urbana for this expansion.  He said he’s looking forward to seeing what will happen in the future.

The expansion will make the Urbana location the largest-owned ORBIS facility.

Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted each signed a proclamation and thanked the ORBIS Corporation for investing in Ohio.

State Senator Matt Huffman also provided a written proclamation.

Construction on the facility will begin immediately with an estimated completion date of mid-2023.