ALLENTOWN, PA. - Polar Plas-tics Inc. expects to decide within a few months whether to expand its Allentown plastic disposable cutlery and utensils plant. Polar President Eric Cohen called a March 8 report on the expansion in the Allen-town Morning Call ``premature.'' Polar applied for an expansion loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial De-velopment Authority before PIDA's March 1 deadline to reduce its maximum loan amounts. Polar's Allentown expansion would qualify it for a loan under PIDA's earlier rules, but the firm has not decided whether to expand.
Cohen said expansion of Allentown is one of several options. He did not confirm that Polar qualifies for a $1.9 million, low-interest PIDA loan for a $4.8 million expansion that includes adding 17,000 square feet of space. PIDA reduced its maximum loan awards on March 1 to $1 million, about half the previous maximum.
Polar was one of 10 firms that took part in a Dec. 13 job fair sponsored by the Private Industry Council of Allen-town. Those firms have had trouble finding enough people to staff expansions.
Polar, based in Montreal, also has plants in Brampton, Ontario, and Winston-Salem, N.C. Polar reportedly would add 129 jobs at its 310-employee Allentown plant.