Proper Polymers will invest $13.1 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Pulaski, Tennessee. A division of Proper Group International, Proper Polymers will build a new injection molding plant, its first facility in Tennessee, and create 147 new jobs in Giles County.
The company will operate out of a 44,000 square foot facility at 102 Magneti Marelli Street in Pulaski. The injection molding plant will manufacture two-shot and three-shot components for automotive and non-automotive lighting, along with other automotive exterior trim and support parts.
“The expansion into Tennessee is very strategic for Proper Polymers. Pulaski, in particular, puts us in a great location to support a number of key customers, as well as attract new customers in the region,” Proper Polymers President Joe Grippe said. “Our plan is to establish a ‘world class’ operation, with state of the art Krauss Maffei injection molding machines. Attracting highly talented people to work in this facility will be the key to our success.”
Proper Polymers is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of 2015. The company is currently accepting applications for technical positions, including IT, process engineers, die setters, quality engineers and technicians.
“On behalf of the citizens of Giles County, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Proper Polymers of Tennessee,” Giles County Executive Janet Vanzant said. “We are proud to have Proper Polymers as the newest member of our growing industrial family and we look forward to working with them. I would also like to congratulate the Pulaski/Giles County Economic Development Commission and the Industrial Development Board on a job well done.”
Governor Bill Haslam said, “We’ve created a strong network of suppliers in Tennessee that continue to support the growth of our automotive industry, and today’s announcement is another step toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
“Tennessee continues to set itself apart as a global leader in automotive manufacturing, an industry that provides more than 111,000 people with jobs in our state,” Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said. “We are not only supporting Proper Polymers’ immediate growth and expansion here, but also working to ensure they have the talent pipeline they will need for decades to come. I want to welcome Proper Polymers to Tennessee and thank them for the jobs they are creating in our communities.”