Rose Plastic GmbH said it may move its U.S. headquarters from Kincheloe, Mich., to California, Pa.
A spokesman for the Hergensweiler, Germany-based maker of tool packaging said nothing has been finalized, but acknowledged a move ``is in the process'' to place the firm closer to its U.S. customers.
``At this time, the company is in negotiations with Washington County in putting the company there,'' said David Windmueller, vice president of sales for Rose Plastic USA Inc. ``Beyond that it is difficult to comment because nothing has been finalized. It could happen a day from now or in several weeks.''
Rose makes protective packaging for the tool industry. The plastic products typically are extruded telescoping hollow tubes of varying shapes, capable of carrying long, narrow parts.
The company employs 40 at a 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Kincheloe, Windmueller said in a Dec. 30 telephone interview. He declined to disclose any financial details, but said Rose's global work force totals about 250.
The firm also operates a manufacturing plant in Hergensweiler, maintains warehouses in England and Italy, and has a licensing agreement with Honda Plas Co. Ltd. in Shinshiro, Japan, according to Windmueller.
A spokesman for the Washington County Redevelopment Authority could not be reached before press time. And a spokeswoman for Pennsylvania's economic development office said Dec. 29 she did not have any immediate information about the proposed relocation.
According to a report in the Pittsburgh Business Times & Journal, a Washington County development official said Rose has been granted exclusive rights to a 5-acre site in California. It said Rose initially plans to build a 35,000-square-foot plant and employ 35, with room to expand to 60,000 square feet and a projected 125 workers after four years.