Italian plastic film producer Ecopol has revealed plans to develop its first North American facility in Spalding County, Georgia, US.

The facility will be located at The Lakes at Green Valley, an eco-industrial park in Griffin.

It will create 130 jobs across various positions, including production, maintenance, management and administration.

Ecopol CEO Mauro Carbone said: “Our goal was to identify a suitable property with nearby interstate and international airport access, a favourable utility environment, a talented regional labour force, and an economic development team that would be supportive of this strategic project now and in the future.

“With the assistance of our location consultant, we performed a thorough analysis of numerous properties and communities in the south-eastern US, and we are confident that we found a great home in The Lakes at Green Valley eco-industrial park in Griffin, Georgia.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce team is undertaking the project in partnership with the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Georgia Quick Start and Georgia Power.

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Project manager Kasey Smith is representing GDEcD’s team for the project.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced the facility’s development, which will involve an investment of more than $38m, this week.

Governor Kemp said: “I am excited for Ecopol to bring new opportunities to hardworking Georgians in Spalding County.

“I want to congratulate the teams in Spalding County who made this project possible by planning ahead and investing in future sites, and I look forward to seeing how Ecopol’s new facility will energise the local economy.”

Ecopol manufactures water-soluble, biodegradable polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) films for use in various consumer products, including detergents, agrochemicals and cosmetics.

The company has invested €35m to fund its growth over the last four years and claims to be Europe’s main producer of water-soluble film.