Nypro Inc. is considering options to expand capacity in the North Carolina area to serve a consumer products customer.
``We have some opportunities in the geographical area and we will make a decision soon - certainly before Christmas,'' Al Cotton, spokesman for the Clinton, Mass.-based injection molder, said in a telephone interview.
One option is to open a facility in Liberty, N.C. According to a local newspaper, the Courier Tribune, the town of Liberty joined with Randolph County to offer Nypro a $400,000 incentive to move into an 85,000-square-foot facility that has room to expand. The five-year deal would help with infrastructure including a rail spur, but Nypro would have to agree to create or relocate 90 jobs to the area. The paper said the project would be worth $27 million.
Cotton said Nypro is looking to expand because of growth at its Nypro Carolina operation in Graham, N.C., which is part of its consumer division. The 53,000-square-foot plant cannot accommodate new business from the undisclosed customer, he said.
Nypro is looking at possibilities near Graham, in Liberty and in the nearby states of Kentucky, Virginia and Illinois. Cotton said Liberty is one of four or five sites being considered.
The company operates two divisions in North Carolina. Its Nypro Asheville plant underwent a $5 million expansion in March 2005. At the time, the company said it added equipment and personnel to make pharmaceutical packaging.
Nypro Carolina also has a plant in Burlington, N.C., which is part of its health-care division.