Ameri-Kart Corp. is investing $2 million to expand the Reidsville, N.C., plant it acquired last fall.
The firm plans to add about 70 workers to the staff of 99, according to a news release from North Carolina Gov. Michael Easley. The Bristol, Ind., company also will add machinery and equipment.
The company and the plant both make trash carts for residential and commercial use, but also serve other markets. Ameri-Kart rotomolds and thermoforms fuel tanks, water tanks and components for heavy trucks, agriculture and materials handling. Reidsville blow molds parts for automotive, consumer and lawn and garden markets.
Eric Gottuso, Ameri-Kart president, said in the news release that Reidsville is a good expansion candidate because of a skilled workforce and government support for growth. He was unavailable to provide details about the expansion.
The company will get a grant of $67,800 from the state's One North Carolina fund to help with the expansion. Other assistance will be provided by the state's Department of Commerce and by programs for Rockingham County and Duke Power. Workers at the Reidsville plant make about $400 per week plus benefits. New workers will be offered similar wages.
Ameri-Kart is a subsidiary of Myers Industries Inc. of Akron, Ohio. Myers had sales of $661 million in 2003.