Newell Rubbermaid Inc.'s Home Products Division, which wants tax abatements to keep open its plant near Canton, Ohio, is seeking another abatement package, this one to expand a large injection molding plant in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The Dallas Business Journal reported Aug. 30 that the company plans a $26.8 million expansion at the 1.2 million-square-foot plant in Greenville, Texas, which employs 670. Rubbermaid Home Products will add 32 jobs and nine new pieces of equipment, the newspaper reported.
The plant will receive a 100 percent tax abatement for six years on the nine pieces of equipment in the expansion, the newspaper reported, giving no details about the type of machinery. According to the newspaper, Newell Rubbermaid already runs 70 machines at Greenville.
Newell Rubbermaid earlier this year ordered 45 injection molding machines from Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., but the housewares maker has refused to say which plants will get the machines.
The Dallas Business Journal said the Home Products Division will launch a new product from Greenville - described by the newspaper as a new system of plastics drawers to expand drawer space in a home.
The abatement already has won approval from several local entities, including the Reinvestment Zone Committee, the city of Greenville and the Hunt County Commission, according to a spokesman for the Greenville Board of Development. He had no details of the abatement and referred questions to the board's executive director, who was not available Aug. 30.
In Ohio, Rubbermaid Home Products wants a 10-year, 100 percent tax abatement for new expansion, to keep open an injection molding plant that was slated to close this year. Perry Township trustees already have approved that abatement, but it still needs the approval of the Perry Local School District and Stark County commissioners.