Film converter Robinette Co. has almost completed construction on its third plant, a 100,000-square-foot facility in Piney Flats, Tenn.
The company, based in nearby Bristol, Tenn., is investing $10.3 million in the project. The expansion will create 70 production jobs over five years, bringing its total employment to almost 450, Carolyn Ferrell, vice president of human resources and community relations, said Feb. 13 by phone.
"We're happy to be expanding at a time when a lot of companies are not," Ferrell said, adding that the company soon will be moving three laminating machines into the new building.
Robinette got new printing equipment and increased production of its woven polypropylene bags, leading to the need for more space, she said. The firm already has one plant and a distribution center in Piney Flats, along with a plant 15 miles away at the Bristol headquarters.
In addition to the woven PP bags, its product line includes stand-up pouches, laminated roll stock and self-opening sacks. The company also is developing sustainable packaging options using advanced flexographic printing presses, solventless laminations and water-based inks.
The family-owned company, which began in 1987 printing roll paper for the flour milling industry, now serves markets including health care, food, pet food, nutraceuticals, beverage, and lawn and garden. Founder Joe Robinette remains at the helm as owner and CEO.