Southeastern Container Inc. plans to begin building a large blow molding facility in Bowling Green, Ohio, next spring.
The Enka, N.C., firm will invest $19 million in the 100,000-square-foot facility, according to local officials. It will supply PET soft drink bottles to Coca-Cola bottling plants in Michigan and Ohio.
Southeastern President Thomas Francis confirmed the project but would not confirm any details provided by Bowling Green development officials.
Southeastern is owned by a group of Coca-Cola franchises. It supplies about 60 percent of the PET bottles used by Coca-Cola and its U.S. franchises.
The 16-year-old firm reported 1997 sales of $320 million. It has blow molding plants in Winchester, Va.; Enka; Hudson, N.H.; Effingham, Ill.; and Orlando, Fla. It now employs more than 700 and will add a staff of 58 at Bowling Green.
State and local governments will provide Southeastern with 100 percent tax rebates for the first five years it runs the Bowling Green plant, according to Susan Clark, executive director of Bowling Green Community Development Foundation. Other favorable factors for Bowling Green include low electricity costs and proximity to PET bottle developer Plastic Technologies Inc. of Toledo, Ohio, and its subsidiary Phoenix Technologies Inc., a Bowling Green PET recycler.