Horticulture products maker East Jordan Plastics Inc. will spend more than $44 million to build a new facility in Lyons, Ga.
The project is expected to create 80 new jobs. The new plant was announced April 21 in a news release from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.
EJP makes thermoformed and injection molded horticultural containers — including pots and trays — for greenhouses, nurseries and garden centers. Most of the firm's containers are made with a high percentage of recycled plastic and are recyclable. EJP recycles over 20 million pounds of horticultural containers a year.
The new plant will cover 255,000 square feet. In its first year of operation, the site will be used for logistics and distribution, adding recycling and manufacturing operations over the next five years.
"We've been laser-focused on producing good jobs in rural Georgia, and East Jordan Plastics will be met with eager, hardworking Georgians … to serve their rapidly growing customer base," Kemp said in the release.
East Jordan, Mich.-based EJP "is thrilled to be joining the Lyons community, and we look forward to making this project a huge success for all stakeholders," President Scott Diller added.
"We are grateful to the state of Georgia and Toombs County for their business-friendly and forward-looking leadership providing the opportunity to grow EJP in this strategically significant and beautiful part of the country," he said.
Family-owned EJP was founded in 1947 and first made wooden greenhouse flats before transitioning to plastic containers. The firm describes itself as one of largest horticultural thermoformers in North America.