Fabri-Kal Corp. will add about 30 jobs as part of a $12 million expansion over five years at its plant in Piedmont, S.C.
The Kalamazoo, Mich.-based thermoformer said April 16 it will add another assembly line at the facility, increasing capacity. The plant employs 350.
Fabri-Kal is the sixth-largest thermoformer in North America, with sales of $245 million in 2007, according to Plastics News' ranking. It employs 800 and runs 34 thermoforming lines at plants in Hazleton, Pa., Kalamazoo and Piedmont.
All of the company's work is packaging related and includes thin-gauge, extrusion, in-line extrusion and pressure forming capabilities.
Fabri-Kal's customers include Frito-Lay North America, General Mills Inc., H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Inc.
Built in 1982, the 284,000-square-foot Piedmont plant makes PET food containers and the company's Greenware line of drinking cups made from polylactic acid.
``[Fabri-Kal's] growth will continue to create good-paying jobs for our citizens and affirms that specialty manufacturing companies can thrive and succeed in our state,'' said Butch Kirven, chairman of Greenville County Council, in a news release.
The company will receive 40 percent abatements on annual property tax over 20 years as part of the project, said Kevin Landmesser, Greenville Area Development Corp. vice president, in a telephone interview.
Fabri-Kal spokesman Colin Butts said the company's business has experienced double-digit growth in recent years, with plastic cup sales growth of 15-20 percent annually.
Piedmont is near resin suppliers, which helps the company minimize costs, he said.
``Certainly resin pricing is one of the things we look at when we consider operational changes,'' Butts said.