Tamper-evident caps and closures injection molder Integra-Seal Industries LLC officially inaugurated its new plant and headquarters Jan. 14 in Kingsport.
Integra moved to the Kingsport facility so it can introduce new lines of caps and to expand overall production.
The 30,000-square-foot plant is about six times bigger than Integra's original operation in Erwin, Tenn. Integra also added molds and injection molding lines, boosting its injection press count to six, in the $1.5 million expansion program, said Integra President Marty McLean in a telephone interview. The company started in 1999.
The Kingsport plant now employs about 25. It began production in December. Integra expects to increase employment to 85 or more within five years.
Integra said it chose Kingsport as its new base partly because the location is near the intersection of two major interstate highways and is less than a one-day drive to major container ports, allowing Integra to supply customers in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and South America quickly.