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CINCINNATI — Joseph Edward Co. plans to set up a retail plastic bag-making plant in Crittenden, Ky., with a $5 million investment.

The Cincinnati firm will build a 60,000-square-foot facility due to start production by June. President Dale Zdolshek said the firm will move its existing film extrusion and bag-making capacity to Crittenden, buy more equipment, and relocate its head office there.

Zdolshek said the Crittenden operation will have annual polyethylene bag capacity of about 20 million pounds, including 10 million pounds relocated from a recently bought operation in Columbus, Kan. Late last year, Joseph Edward bought American Poly Co., which owned the Columbus operation, for undisclosed terms. American Poly had three extrusion lines and multiple bag lines, Zdolshek said.

He said the Crittenden construction will cost about $1 million. His firm will buy extrusion and bag-making equipment from the Alpine American division of Hosokawa Micron International Inc. of Natick, Mass., and related firms. He would not reveal other details on equipment purchases.

Joseph Edward was established in 1994 with six employees. It will boost employment, currently at about 100, to 125 after consolidating in Crittenden. Zdolshek did not disclose sales.