Plastics packaging producer Alpla Inc. is opening a new plant in St. Peters, Mo., near St. Louis.
Alpla purchased an 83,485-square foot facility, according to a company news release.
They will be injection molding at this facility. They had considered a couple other sites and had also considered Illinois, said John Fougere, communications director for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, in an April 14 phone interview.
We worked very diligently. Here in Missouri our administration is focused on getting our economy turned around, Fougere said.
Fougere said Alpla had considered expanding its Jefferson City location before purchasing the industrial complex that will allow for expansion. The company has committed to spending $14 million on capital improvements in the first year and $19.7 million by year five.
According to Alpla's news release, the company plans to hire 50-100 employees. Within 10 years, it expects to reach 150 employees and an investment of $25 million.
Operations should begin in June, officials said.
Alpla is excited to locate in the St. Louis region to better serve one of our largest global customers, Alpla sales and marketing director Ken Sigman said in the release. Sigman would not comment beyond the release.
The state of Missouri offered several incentives, including the Missouri Quality Jobs program. In addition to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, officials worked with the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association and the Economic Development Center of St. Charles County.
Alpla Inc. is a unit of Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co. KG of Hard, Austria. The German parent blow molds bottles at plants worldwide, and makes preforms, caps and tubes. Its 2008 sales totaled about $3.49 billion.
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