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Germany-based Pöppelmann Plastics Expands Claremont, North Carolina, Manufacturing Operations

Germany-based Pöppelmann Plastics USA, a plastics manufacturer, will invest more than $19.2 million to increase its manufacturing campus in Claremont, North Carolina. The project is expected to create 133 jobs in Catawba County.

The expansion will increase Pöppelmann’s manufacturing capacity to accommodate its automotive production line by 100,000 square feet. The U.S. division of the company opened in 2007 in North Carolina with a focus on plastic pots and cultivation systems for the commercial horticulture industry.

“Today is a wonderful day for Pöppelmann Plastics USA and our parent company, Pöppelmann GmbH & Co. KG,” stated Craig Moody, President of Pöppelmann Plastics USA. “Though this expansion is just beginning, it is the culmination of years of strategic growth and planning to diversify the Claremont operation. It will allow us to grow all divisions of our business (TEKU, K-TECH, KAPSTO) by supplying the automotive OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and the horticultural industry on a greater scale in the United States, and Canada. We appreciate the encouragement of our parent company, the dedication of our hard-working Pöppelmann Plastics USA employees and the support of the city, county and state to bring this day to fruition.”

A performance-based grant of $200,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help with Pöppelmann’s expansion in North Carolina. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

“We are pleased with Pöppelmann’s decision to expand their U.S. production facility here in North Carolina,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “North Carolina companies know that our infrastructure, quality of life and capable workforce are great advantages in their success."

Joining the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) were key partners in the project that included the North Carolina General Assembly, North Carolina Community College System, Catawba County, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, Western Piedmont Council of Governments, and the City of Claremont.

“North Carolina continues to be at the top of the list for growing companies,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “As we make workforce development and training a priority, we’re confident that companies of all sizes and across all industries will find our diverse talent, affordability, and business climate suitable for their strategic growth plans."

Family-owned and operating since 1949, Pöppelmann, with its five production sites and 700 injection moulding machines, thermoforming lines and extruders, has grown into a leading manufacturer in the plastics processing industry.The company is divided into four divisions and is present in the U.S. market primarily with its KAPSTO® and TEKU® divisions.

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