MKS Plastics Expands Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, Operations
The 48,000 square-foot expansion will include 14 new injection molding machines along with the pumps, chillers, air compressors and air dryers required to run each new machine. In addition the company will add a rail spur that will allow the plant to directly receive raw materials used in the production process. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2024.
“This expansion will help MKS in every aspect of its business model, from our employee capacity to sales,” MKS Plastics Chief Operating Officer Robert Latiolais said. “We are looking forward to creating jobs for the community, while also being able to broaden our sales horizons with the additional machinery and warehouse space.”
“Thanks to companies like MKS choosing to grow in Louisiana, our state’s manufacturing jobs – the ‘gold standard’ indicator of economic health, ended 2022 at the highest level in seven years,” Governor John Bel Edwards noted. “Louisiana’s diverse and growing manufacturing sector supports more than 140,000 workers and their families through investment and job creation. I thank MKS for their continued commitment to our state and its skilled manufacturing workforce.”
The state of Louisiana offered MKS an incentives package that includes the comprehensive workforce development solutions of LED FastStart and a $1.49 million performance-based forgivable loan from the Economic Development Award Program for the rail spur infrastructure. The company is expected to participate in the state’s Enterprise Zone and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.
“This type of expansion is a marker of success for a family-owned manufacturing company like MKS Plastics,” added Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “The larger facility will not only allow the company to keep up with rising demand for their products, but will create meaningful new jobs at home in Tangipahoa Parish, and strengthen the region’s manufacturing legacy.”
MKS Plastics is a family owned manufacturing company specializing in pails and lids. MKS currently offers 5G and 20L buckets.
"Our entire team at Tangipahoa Economic Development have worked hand in hand with Louisiana Economic Development and MKS Plastics to support this business with their expansion,” Tangipahoa Parish Economic Development Executive Director Ginger Cangelosi said. “We greatly appreciate the investment both have made here and look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts to see MKS grow and prosper, ultimately benefiting everyone in Tangipahoa Parish."
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