DSM Engineering Plastics Americas is increasing production in Evansville, Ind., as part of a move that will create as many as 25 new jobs by the end of the year.
DSM EPA recently has added additional weekend production shifts at its 175,000-square-foot Evansville plant, where it makes compounds based on a variety of engineering resins. The site now has around-the-clock production, officials said in a Feb. 22 news release.
The 160-employee Evansville site will be renovated and new equipment will be installed over the next five years. Increased production will allow DSM EPA to provide “more efficient and reliable production” of its materials into products such as air intake manifolds, mobile connectors and office chairs, officials added.
“Evansville is rich in resources with expertise in custom thermoplastics,” Randy McGowan, operations vice president, said in the release. “This has allowed us to expand our operations quickly and to respond to changes in the marketplace.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. will provide up to $200,000 in conditional tax credits for the expansion. Vandenburgh County also is considering additional incentives, officials said.
“There's a higher concentration of manufacturing jobs in Indiana than any state in the nation,” Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith added in the release. “That's driving international companies like DSM, which could locate these new jobs anywhere, to choose Indiana for job creation.”
DSM EPA is a unit of global plastics and chemicals supplier Royal DSM NV of Heerlen, The Netherlands. Royal DSM employs more than 25,000 worldwide and has annual sales of more than $10 billion.