Consumer products conglomerate Jarden Corp. is hiring plastics technicians for a new operation in Erlanger, Ky.
Since late November, Jarden has posted several plastics positions on its website, including process engineer, technical supervisor and manufacturing technician. The postings state the jobs are with Jarden Plastic Solutions, a Jarden Corp. division committed to “innovation and growth in high-volume, precision injection molding for the health care, precision consumer, lawn/garden/recreational sports, and closure markets.”
Markets cited for Jarden Plastics encompass many of Jarden Corp.'s diverse activities. Jarden Plastics is based in Greer, S.C.
In July, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority gave preliminary approval for $200,000 in incentives to Alltrista Plastics, a unit of Jarden, to establish a plant in Erlanger. Jarden was considering relocating overseas plastic cutlery production to Erlanger. The development agency noted that Alltrista was thinking about investing $7.1 million in the plastics plant, which would employ about 22.
Alltrista was the name sported by Jarden until 2002, when the company changed its name at the start of a high growth phase during which Jarden bought numerous consumer brands. Among its most important acquisitions was American Household in 2005. The deal added well-known brands such as Coleman, Sunbeam, Oster and Mr. Coffee to Jarden's portfolio.
Jarden lists cutlery production in its branded consumables segment. The iconic Bicycle brand playing cards are one of dozens of trademarked names in the segment. Bicycle cards are produced in Erlanger by Jarden's United States Playing Card Co. subsidiary.
Jarden officials were not available to comment on plastics plans for Erlanger. Kentucky development officials did not respond to requests for information about the Jarden/Alltrista plans.
Jarden Corp. is a $7.1 billion per year company headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla. Its other main business segments are consumer solutions and outdoor solutions.