TORONTO - Clear Shield National Inc. plans to build its fifth disposable utensils production plant and is budgeting about $13 million for the project. The Wheeling, Ill., firm chose Twin Falls, Idaho, for its newest facility to make plastic flatware, drinking straws and disposable dining kits. Clear Shield President Denis Davidson said the southern Idaho work force is high-quality and well-educated, and that local officials offered competitive training and other incentives.
Davidson said Clear Shield will ship most of Twin Falls' production out of state to California, Oregon and other western U.S. markets. The new plant will have injection molding, thermoforming and extrusion equipment to process polystyrene and polypropylene. Clear Shield will break ground on the plant next summer and start production in early 1998. Early next year it will rent distribution and warehouse space in Twin Falls until its greenfield plant is running. Davidson said Clear Shield sells its Carnival-brand flatware and straws to retail chains. Its main customers for institutional products are fast-food chains.
Clear Shield did not provide equipment details but it said it plans to employ up to 150 at Twin Falls within three years. It has two plants in Wheeling, and one each in Leominster, Mass., and Shreveport, La. It is a subsidiary of Envirodyne Industries Inc.