Within the next three months, Scholle Corp. of North-lake, Ill., will start construction of an 85,000-square-foot plastic bag converting facility at Chil-howie, Va. By 2000, the firm estimates it will have spent $15.9 million on the project. This includes building and machinery costs. The plant will be complete in the first quarter of 1997.
Although the facility will not produce the film, it will convert it for use in bags. Equipment includes specialty bag machinery, including a heat seal assembly line.
Don Finn, senior vice president, said the number of em-ployees will be built up through training during the first four to five months of operation. Within a couple of years, Finn expects that number to be around 145.
The bags, which use polyolefins, nylon and PET, are for the food and beverage industries.
``We chose the site from location as opposed to economic reasons,'' said Finn.
However, Scholle received a $125,000 grant from the Virginia State Development Fund.
The Virginia location is ``stra-tegic for us to the eastern seaboard of the United States. Our company has no presence east of Chicago at the moment,'' he said. ``We'll be able to serve customers from Florida to upstate New York.''
The company, founded in 1947, has 10 plants, including facilities in Australia, Holland and Canada.