Rotational molder RTS Plastics Inc. is expanding its Austinburg, Ohio, operation.
RTS plans to spend US$1.4 million to add floor space and machinery at the plant, according to a news release from Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County in Jefferson, Ohio.
The firm is doubling the site, with 30,000 square feet for a manufacturing addition and 10,000 square feet for warehouse space, and buying a US$400,000 rotomolding machine. The expansion is due to be finished in May.
RTS, based in St. Clemens, Ontario, bought the Ohio operation out of receivership in May 2008, after looking at various U.S. manufacturing options.
The former owner, N.E.O. Plastics Inc., did U.S. manufacturing for RTS, which wanted the plant to continue operating. N.E.O. was RTS' biggest customer.
RTS is moving its production for the U.S. market to Austinburg. The firm had done some rotomolding for the U.S. at its former head office in Waterloo, Ontario, but recently closed that site and relocated its production and headquarters to St. Clemens, Ontario.
In total, RTS will have invested about US$7.5 million in Austinburg when the expansion is completed, including US$2 million in new equipment and renovations since the company bought the business. Employment at the site, now at 27 people, is expected to reach more than 50 people.
RTS officials were unavailable for comment.