Polyfoam Packers Corp., headquartered in Wheeling, Ill., has opened a 60,000-square-foot plant in Michigan City, Ind. ``This will give us the opportunity to be in position for key customers,'' said Leora Rosen, vice president of marketing.
Polyfoam is a manufacturer of molded expanded polystyrene products used in packaging, shipping and the recreational vehicle industry. They are made by a steam and water process.
The plant became operational the first week of May and will expand in phases. The $2.2 million project eventually will create 55 jobs. The Indiana Department of Commerce has awarded a $35,000 Training 2000 grant. This training program allows employees to be ``brought up to speed on new manufacturing equipment and [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] regulations,'' Rosen said.
Polyfoam also manufactures foam plastic materials from polyethylene, polyurethane and other flexible foams for thermoforming and fabrication. These can be used for temperature protection, building materials, display advertising, flotation and internal operating parts.
Incorporated in 1946, Polyfoam Packers is a privately held company with three facilities in Illinois - Waukegan, Effingham and Wheeling. The firm has about 280 employees.