The window market's newest player plans to commence operations by year's end.
Bavarian Polymers, an extruder of vinyl window profiles, bought a manufacturing plant and 22 acres in Dickson County, Tenn., near Nashville.
Bavarian is investing about $5.5 million in the project.
The company expects to employ nearly 150 within three years, said Jeffery Taylor, a senior project manager and recruiter of plastics companies for the Knoxville, Tenn.-based Tennessee Valley Authority.
The owners, Robert Weishaeupl and Ralph Weiss, are former employees of San Jose, Costa Rica-based Durman Esquivel SA - a maker of PVC and other thermoplastic pipe, Taylor said.
Durman Esquivel officials had considered expanding to the Nashville area, but later decided against it. That's when Weishaeupl and Weiss decided they'd give it a go, Taylor said.
Both Weishaeupl, Bavarian's chief executive officer, and Weiss, president, declined to comment, deferring to a news release about the plant's opening slated for late December.
Plant capacity is about 15 million pounds per year.
``The site has almost the perfect infrastructure for our type of operations, since it was a former plastics processing plant,'' Weishaeupl said in the release.
The TVA will assist Bavarian financially during the early growth stages.
Bavarian will get $5,000 for each new job it creates, up to $2 million, but not to exceed 25 percent of Bavarian's capital investment, Taylor said.
Local economic development officials are encouraged by the growth of the plastics manufacturing base in the Nashville metropolitan area. David Hamilton, president and CEO of the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce, said he expects Bavarian to create 114 new jobs by the end of 2006.
Bavarian's building includes 300,000 pounds of silo storage capacity, the release said. It also said the new plant is 55,000 square feet, though Buist Richardson, an industrial broker with Nashville Commercial Real Estate Services, said the building is 43,600 square feet, according to the appraisal.
Bavarian said it already has customers in six countries, with 80 percent of sales coming from the United States. Also, it said Latin America has enormous growth potential.
``We see strong growth in Central and South America,'' especially since the company's products are ``a mixture between U.S. and European window systems,'' Weishaeupl said.