Silgan to invest in Ohio plant

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Silgan Plastics Corp. has been granted a state tax break to add 30 jobs to its blow molding plant in Ottawa, Ohio.

According to a June 28 news release from the Ohio Department of Development, Chesterfield, Mo.-based Silgan received an $180,536 tax credit over six years to add 30 jobs and retain 146 positions. Calls seeking comment were referred to Robert Lewis, Silgan's chief financial officer, who was unavailable for comment.

The Courier newspaper in Findlay, Ohio, reported June 29 that Silgan will invest $12.6 million in building, machinery and other improvements to its 270,000-square-foot building: $4.5 million for construction, $4.4 million for building renovation, and $2.2 million for machinery and equipment.

Silgan also will spend $1.5 million for a new rail spur. According to the newspaper, the 30 jobs will be added within three years, resulting in a $1.4 million addition to Silgan's annual payroll.

Silgan announced Feb. 2 that it would close a nearby blow molding plant in Port Clinton, Ohio, in the third quarter of 2010.

Silgan Plastics ranked No. 8 in Plastics News' most recent survey of North American blow molders, with related sales of $651.9 million. The company has blow molding plants in Ottawa; Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Deep River, Conn.; Flora, Ill.; Franklin, Ky.; Houston; Lachine, Quebec; Langhorne, Pa.; Ligonier, Ind.; Mississauga, Ontario; Monroe, Ga.; Pen Yan, N.Y.; Plainfield, Ind.; Scarborough, Ontario; Triadelphia, W.Va.; Woodstock, Ill.; and two plants in Woodbridge, Ontario.

The plastics business is an operating company of Silgan Holdings, a publicly held packaging company with 2009 total sales of $3.1 billion. The parent company has a total of 66 manufacturing plants in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

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