Disposable tableware and food-container maker InnoWare Plastics Inc. will keep 134 jobs and create 45 at its Thomaston manufacturing site as part of a $9.7 million investment.
In a July 25 news release from the Georgia Department of Economic Development, officials said the Alpharetta, Ga.-based thermoformer will add a new production line at the 18-year-old facility, which processes polystyrene and PET, as well as proprietary bioresins.
Nick Clementi, chairman and chief executive officer of InnoWare, said in a July 29 e-mail the Thomaston project includes a 160,000-square-foot expansion of the 150,000-square-foot plant to add logistics and distribution operations. Currently, InnoWare logistics are handled at a facility in Nashville, Tenn.
The Thomaston-Upson County Industrial Development Authority recently was awarded a $500,000 OneGeorgia grant to help build a rail spur to the Thomaston facility, which lacked rail access, Clementi said.
InnoWare was formed in 2006 by Norwest Equity Partners of Minneapolis from the former Duni Corp. of Atlanta, after Duni AB of MalmÃ¶, Sweden, divested its U.S. operations. The firm makes plastic food containers in Thomaston and paper tableware products in Menomonee Falls, Wis.
The firm employs 150 and had 2007 sales of $45 million.