Dart Container Corp. of Mason, Mich., is adding space at its facility in Horse Cave, Ky., to make expanded polystyrene foam cups and containers.
The company will add 587,000 square feet of warehouse and distribution space that will open during the second quarter of 2007, said Jim Lammers, general counsel and vice president of administration for Dart, in an Oct. 24 telephone interview.
Dart will be able to convert old warehouse space for EPS foam cup and container production, he said. The firm plans to add 412 employees through 2008. It currently employs 897 at that site.
``Horse Cave has been a terrific plant and a terrific community to do business in for decades now,'' Lammers said. ``It's a good geographic location. We've got a very good workforce in that area. Our business continues to be strong, including in the thermoformed arena.''
Dart will add capacity for steam chest molding at Horse Cave.
The company received preliminary approval from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority for tax benefits up to $3.8 million, according to Gov. Ernie Fletcher's office.
Dart also received approval for as much as $360,120 under the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act, according to the state's Cabinet for Economic Development.
The firm also will add capacity at a PS resin plant in Owensboro, Ky. In that project, Dart is adding 16,360 square feet to its existing footprint of about 262,000 square feet, Lammers said.
The company will purchase new equipment for that project and add 15 employees to a workforce of 128 within two years of completing the expansion.
Dart operates 11 cup and container production facilities in the United States, according to Plastics News data.