Area Development
Dart Container Corporation, which manufactures single-use foodservice packaging products for hospitals, schools, restaurants, businesses and homes, will invest $47 million to expand its operations center in Mason, Michigan, creating an estimated 325 jobs.

“I want to extend my congratulations to the entire Dart team on this major expansion and thank a Michigan-born company for its continued commitment to our state,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “Dart’s decision to invest and add jobs here is economic gardening in action, and it demonstrates that the bold reforms we’ve made to our business climate, combined with our world-class talent, put Michigan at the top of the list of places to locate, expand and grow new jobs.”

In May Dart acquired Illinois-based Solo Cup Company. Dart plans to build a new corporate headquarters building and warehouse facility as well as expand existing buildings on its Alaiedon Township campus to integrate Solo Cup corporate and administrative operations into Dart’s Michigan location.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation said employment growth will be fueled both by the relocation of some Solo Cup Company staff from the Chicago area to Mason and new jobs that will be available to Michigan residents. The project is being completed with support from Alaiedon Township and the City of Mason.

“We are excited about expanding employment opportunities on our Mason campus, where our founders launched our company more than 50 years ago,” said Dart Executive Vice President and General Counsel James Lammers. “Michigan is a great state for companies like Dart because we can attract and retain employees with diverse skills and strong work ethics. We are thrilled that the growth of our company will create hundreds of new administrative, engineering, technology and skilled trade jobs in the state.”

Lammers added that Dart currently has approximately 40 job openings in mid-Michigan, including those for information technology/SAP and engineering professionals.

“Dart Container is a leading manufacturer of foodservice packaging products and a key employer in the Lansing area. The expansion of Dart’s operations in Mason will further strengthen its Michigan presence and provide additional good jobs for years to come,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “The company’s decision to expand in Michigan is a strong statement about the great opportunities that, thanks to our business climate improvements, Michigan now offers to growing companies.”

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation said as an incentive to spark job creation and expansion the Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $3 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.