German molder and toolmaker Mauer AG and a local partner are investing about $14 million to build and open a 40,000-square-foot injection molding plant on 14 acres near Cincinnati.
The facility, to be built in northern Kentucky, will employ 100 and house 23 injection molding machines with clamping forces of 160-300 tons, said Ben Nejad, president and managing director of Mauer USA LLC, a 50 percent partner in Mauer's first manufacturing efforts in the U.S.
Machinery manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik GmbH's U.S. operations are based in Florence, Ky. Krauss-Maffei's proximity was a major factor in choosing the Cincinnati area as a base of operations, Nejad said in a May 3 telephone interview.
Mauer USA will injection mold predominantly polypropylene packaging products for the personal-care and cosmetics industries, Nejad said.
``We'll make stand-up caps and flip-top dispensing closures,'' he said. Mauer AG will supply the vast majority of the tooling, he said.
Mauer USA officials expect to have the plant running commercially by the end of September.
Nejad said he has been in plastics manufacturing for 24 years. He is the former vice president of the global cap and closure division of Mumbai, India-based Essel Propack Ltd.
Mauer USA will receive tax incentives up to $1.5 million under the Kentucky Industrial Development Act, according to a news release from Kentucky's Cabinet for Economic Development.
Greater Cincinnati is close to Mauer customers.
Nejad said his partner can catch a daily flight from Cincinnati to Frankfurt, Germany, any day of the week. They are eager to get started, paying a premium, Nejad said, to open the facility in the third quarter.
``I just felt the area would serve our business better than every other location that we looked at,'' he said.