Environmentally focused recycler and plastic film, bag, and resin manufacturer, Petoskey Plastics will invest $30 million in a new manufacturing facility in McKinney, Texas.
The project includes an additional 40,000 to 60,000 square feet for converting and warehouse space, nine silos, and rail spurs. The expansion is scheduled for completion in August 2022.
“This facility will give us the opportunity to be closer to our raw material suppliers in the Gulf and will help us service our West Coast customers,” said Petoskey Plastics President Jason Keiswetter. “ We will be cutting our delivery time in half for both raw material and finished goods and will be more competitive, overall. This plant will start production as early as April and receive the most state-of-the art equipment available in the blown film market space over the coming months.”
According to company officials, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the company over capacity and created high customer demand for its blown film products such as trash bags, construction sheeting, and automotive seat covers. A combination of converting and extruding lines in the new Texas facility will increase output by approximately 15% over the next 12 months to help meet this growing demand. Petoskey Plastics currently manufactures blown film products with post-consumer recycled content in Petoskey, Michigan, Hartford City, Indiana, and Morristown, Tennessee.
Plant Manager Matt Mihelich added, “McKinney is an exciting and growing area we feel will be a great match for our equally exciting and growing business. We are eagerly looking forward to establishing a best-in-class facility in the community.”
Company-wide, Petoskey Plastics currently employs 564 associates, 451 full-time and 113 part-time and temporary. Initially, the company plans to hire 20 associates to fill seven positions to open the facility in Texas.