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Logoplaste Invests $35 Million To Expand Kansas City, Missouri, Manufacturing Hub

12/18/2015
Portugal-based plastic bottle manufacturer Logoplaste will invest $35 million to expand its facility in Kansas City, Missouri. The expansion will make it the company’s new U.S. manufacturing and distribution hub. The expansion is expected to create 110 new jobs over the next five years.

Logoplaste is a global industrial group producing rigid plastic packaging for a variety of customers and industries including the food and beverage, personal care, household care and oil and lubricant sectors. The company opened its Kansas City plant in 2013 where it manufactures plastic containers for several uses and applications.

“We are very pleased to be able to expand operations in the state of Missouri. Logoplaste is extremely appreciative of the support it has received from the local community, local organizations, Mayor James, EDCKC, Governor Nixon for their continued support in our shared goal of creating jobs and economic growth in the state of Missouri,” said Rui Abelho, Logoplaste’s North America Managing Director. “Logoplaste conducts business in numerous states and countries and I can honestly say that our management team has always been, and continues to be, impressed with the business-friendly environment in the state of Missouri.”

According to Missouri Department of Economic Development, the company’s expansion also involves the relocation of some installed capacity from their Chicago plant to the Missouri plant as well as the installation of new equipment and facility upgrades. New blowing and injection equipment is needed to accommodate expanded agreements with some local and out of state customers, making the Missouri facility its new U.S. manufacturing and distribution hub.

Beginning 2016, Logoplaste plans to initiate recruitment for the new jobs in a number of fields including management, technicians, and manufacturers. Once fully staffed, the company expects its total employment to reach 185. To assist Logoplaste with its expansion, the Missouri Department of Economic Development offered a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation criteria. The Kansas City Economic Development Corporation also partnered with Logoplaste to make its expansion possible.

“Kansas City’s strong manufacturing sector and central location make it the ideal place for companies like Logoplaste to access a highly-skilled workforce and connect with customers quickly,” said Governor Jay Nixon. “Today’s announcement is another testament to our efforts to promote Missouri around the world and create more jobs here at home – bringing our unemployment rate to its lowest point in nearly a decade. I am pleased to see this international company create jobs and deepen its roots in the Show-Me State.”

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