Accredo Packaging's 200,000-square-foot expansion is underway in Sugar Land

Accredo Packaging is undergoing a $50 million expansion at its Sugar Land campus.

Accredo Packaging is undergoing a $50 million expansion at its Sugar Land campus.

Accredo Packaging, a Sugar Land-based sustainable flexible packaging supplier, has started its third expansion on the 32-acre campus at 12682 Cardinal Meadow Drive, Sugar Land.

The company is investing $50 million into constructing 200,000 square feet of warehouse and manufacturing space, according to a release. The expansion project—slated to be complete in 2019—is being led by KDW, a Houston-based design and build firm.

"We're proud to be the home of best-in-class companies such as Accredo," Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman said in the release. "This expansion project is an example of strong development activity the city of Sugar Land is experiencing in all sectors, including industrial, commercial and residential. We've achieved a sustainable, strong economy through an aggressive, focused economic development program that creates opportunities for new business investment and jobs. Our efforts have resulted in the delivery of the highest-quality services to our residents at a very low tax rate."

Phase 1 of Accredo's Sugar Land Campus was built in 2009 and composed 170,000 square feet. Phase 2's completion in 2013 resulted in an additional 175,000 square feet, according to the release.

Accredo uses 100 percent wind-generated electrical power and is the first plant of its kind in the U.S. to receive the Silver Certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which promotes sustainable site development and material selection, water conservation, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.

"Sugar Land has been Accredo's home since day one," said Rex Varn, executive vice president of Accredo, in a statement. "With the quality of the local workforce in the area and proximity to major plastic resin suppliers, it made sense to expand our existing facility rather than invest in another part of the country."

Accredo's packaging is used for common products like snack foods, confectionary items, frozen food, pet treats, paper towels, tissues, beverages and other household items found in retail grocery stores.

The expansion will result in an estimated 175 new hires for the company, according to the release.

"We believe Sugar Land in Fort Bend County offers Accredo the ideal location for investment in our world-class manufacturing plant," Varn said.
By Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.