Petoskey Plastics launching $16 million expansion

Published: December 19, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Automotive, Packaging, Sustainability, Materials, Film & Sheet, Recycling, Suppliers

PETOSKEY, MICH. (Dec. 19, 12:10 p.m. ET) — Recycler and film extruder Petoskey Plastics is launching a $16 million expansion across all three of its facilities, located in Hartford City, Ind.; Morristown, Tenn.; and Petoskey, Mich.

The majority of that investment will be at Petoskey’s Hartford City recycling facility. The company plans to add several blown film lines that will enable the plant to both process post-consumer plastic material and manufacture products made from that material, according to a news release from the Indiana Business Council.

When Petoskey completes the expansion – slated for April – the facility will make “highly cost-effective bags and film made with the lowest carbon footprint in North America,” Petoskey President Paul Keiswetter said in the release.

Company officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Petoskey opened its 300,000 square-foot Hartford City facility in 2007. In 2011, the company spent $3 million to increase the plant’s capacity. It reprocessed more than 30 million pounds of post-consumer plastic last year.

The company plans to add 30 jobs at the location, but is having trouble finding applicants to fill the positions, according to the release.

Most of the new jobs are hourly manufacturing positions where employees will work 12-hour shifts and be required to have a high school diploma. Petoskey offers good wages and benefits, said Kristin Clark, human resources director, in the release.

The Petoskey-based company makes blown plastic bags and films for the automotive, food, retail, packaging and construction markets. It had total sales of about $100 million in 2011, according to the annual Plastics News survey of the industry.


Comments

Petoskey Plastics launching $16 million expansion

Published: December 19, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Dunkin' Donuts looking at PP to replace foam cups

September 19, 2014 3:22 pm ET

Dunkin' Donuts is testing a new polypropylene coffee cup that the company believes could help boost recycling.    More

Image

Plasan investing in capacity, jobs to supply auto market with carbon fiber

September 19, 2014 3:05 pm ET

Growth in the emerging automotive market for carbon-fiber composites has spurred a $29 million investment in a Walker, Mich., factory    More

Image

Hong Kong's TK eyes expansion, may buy Nypro Tool operation

September 19, 2014 2:49 pm ET

Hong Kong-based mold maker and plastics processor TK Group (Holdings) Ltd. said it's reached a tentative agreement to buy a tooling factory in...    More

Image

Toyoda Gosei expanding in Mexico

September 19, 2014 2:33 pm ET

Toyoda Gosei North America Corp. is investing $67 million in a 398,000-square-foot plant in central Mexico to supply the automotive industry with...    More

Exo-s buys injection and blow molder in Mexico, expands footprint

September 19, 2014 2:15 pm ET

Custom molder Exo-s Inc. has bought an injection and blow molding operation in San Juan del Rio, Querétaro, Mexico.    More

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events