SANDY SPRINGS, GA. (Dec. 22, 10:45 a.m. ET) — Newell Rubbermaid Inc. announced the morning of Dec. 22 that it will expand its
The project will include relocation of 200 jobs from the firm's
Newell Rubbermaid spokesman David Doolittle said injection molding machines will be moved from
Winfield makes outdoor storage and outdoor living products, insulated water coolers and ice chests. The
The Winfield plant's history began in 1916, when Gott Manufacturing began producing metal water coolers at the site. Gott introduced plastic components in the 1960s and developed the first all-plastic water cooler, according to a news release issued by Newell Rubbermaid. Rubbermaid acquired Gott Manufacturing in 1986.
Doolittle said pioneering plastics work has continued at Rubbermaid. One recent innovation is the Rubbermaid Product Saver, a container with air vents and a pedestal in the base to help prevent spoilage while keeping the produce above its juice. Another is the Rubbermaid Reveal, a microfiber mop with a removable cleaning bottle in which a consumer can pour a preferred type of cleaning agent, like a homemade environmentally benign mixture. A third, recent entrant is Rubbermaid Lock-Its, a precisely molded container and seal that locks down to prevent leakage of soup or other liquid contents.
“Rubbermaid has a long history of investing in the Winfield community and we appreciate the strong partnership we have with the state of
“Together with our dedicated employees, we are proud to continue to offer our consumers innovative and quality products made in the
Rubbermaid Home Products recently received a building permit for the Winfield plant but as of a few days ago it did not want to comment on what the permit is for. It did admit at the time that is recruiting for Winfield. Local and state agencies will provide an undisclosed amount of incentives and other assistance for the Winfield projects.
In a separate program, the commercial products unit will invest $67.3 million to expand its
Another part of the renewal project is closure of the
The Winfield plant will become part of the newly created Home Organization and Style part of the new Newell Consumer operating unit, effective Jan. 1. Home Organization and Style will replace Rubbermaid Home Products in a company-wide realignment announced in mid-November. The program also will place Writing and Creative Expression, Fine Writing and Culinary Lifestyles under the Newell Consumer banner. Other operating groups will be Newell Professional and Baby & Parenting.