Blow molder Alpla Inc. plans to invest $7.2 million to open a new plant in Raeford, N.C., Gov. Bev Perdue announced July 8.
The plant will employ 40 within three years, officials said.
Parent company Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG of Hard, Austria, has operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The company posted annual sales of more than $3.2 billion, with more than 10,000 employees worldwide and production facilities in 34 countries.
The North Carolina plant will be on the campus of one of its major clients, Unilever Corp. The company will manufacture plastic bottles for shampoo, conditioners and body wash products, according to a news release from the state of North Carolina.
Michael Koenig, finance director for Alpla, said the new facility will allow Alpla to continue its partnership with Unilever.
The plant will be Alpla's sixth in the U.S. The company's U.S. headquarters is in Atlanta.