NORTH VERNON, IND. (April 18, 3:30 p.m. ET) — Decatur Plastic Products Inc. has acquired its second facility in Alabama, to capture local business for injection molded automotive parts.
The North Vernon-based company is investing about $1 million in the project, including the cost of the 33,000-square-foot building in Gadsden, Ala., located about a mile from its existing plant there.
The new facility will work with polypropylene and polycarbonate/ABS blends, according to Decatur President Andy Cesarski.
“We will do primarily injection molding and assembly of auto interior parts that will also go through the flock process for pillars, console bins, trays and glove boxes,” Cesarski said in a telephone interview.
Flocking involves applying nylon fiber to parts to give them a clothlike appearance.
Cesarski said he could not say when production will start at plant because that will depend on landing new automotive business. Eventually the private company expects to employ 25-50 there.
The company's existing plant in Gadsden does flocking. That plant, which has 26,600 square feet of space, opened in 2004.
Decatur does injection molding at its North Vernon headquarters plant, which has nearly 73,000 square feet of space. Another 15,000-square-foot building in North Vernon is not in use but is set up for flocking.
Cesarski said local governments will contribute about 10 percent of the cost of Decatur's investment in Gadsden.
“We're glad to have some additional new jobs,” said Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton in a local news report.
Decatur Plastic was founded in 1983.