Röchling Glastic Composites LP, a subsidiary of Germany's Röchling Group, plans to invest $4.9 million for a warehouse expansion at its facility in South Euclid, Ohio, near Cleveland.
With the expansion, the company is adding at least 40,000 square feet onto its current 122,500-square-foot building. Construction on the project is scheduled for October and should be completed by the end of the first quarter in 2020.
This is the facility's fourth expansion since its construction in 1951, the company said. The project is expected to create 26 new jobs. Currently, the South Euclid facility employs about 104 full-time workers.
Fred Sanford, general manager of Röchling Glastic Composites, said the expansion is "long overdue."
"It's really space limitations within the facility as it exists today," he said in a phone interview with Plastics News. "It is somewhat becoming a bigger issue as our growth plans that we've had in place for a number of years are starting to produce some results."
The Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a 1.2 percent, six-year credit for the expansion project, which is expected to generate $1.2 million in new annual payroll, according to a news report from PN sister publication Crain's Cleveland Business. The company will retain $6 million in existing payroll from the project, the report said.
Röchling Glastic Composites primarily specializes in the production of semi-finished sheet, rod and profile stock for fabricated components in electrical equipment and infrastructure, and thermal insulation for plastic, rubber, oil and gas processing.
The company, formerly Glastic Corp., was acquired by Röchling Group in 2007.
"Now that we're on an improving trend, we're taking steps that will allow us going forward to grow the business more aggressively than we have in the past," he said.
Sanford said there are more investments coming, pending approval, as the company clears space and makes room for new equipment.
"We do expect a lot more investment to come over the next five years," he said.