Petoskey Plastics to expand US packaging facilities

19 December 2012 (Last Updated December 19th, 2012 18:30)

Petoskey Plastics, a manufacturer of blown plastic films and bags, is set to expand all three of its US facilities with an investment of $16m.

Petoskey Plastics, a manufacturer of blown plastic films and bags, is set to expand all three of its US facilities with an investment of $16m.

The facilities are located in Hartford City, Indiana; Morristown, Tennessee and Petoskey, Michigan. A major part of the investment will be directed to the 300,000ft² Hartford City recycling facility, which processes recycled plastic into pellets.

The pellets are used in the company's blown film products, including plastic sheeting and trash bags that are manufactured at its Michigan and Tennessee locations.

At the Hartford City plant, Petoskey, which processed over 30 million pounds of post-consumer recycled plastic in 2011, is in the process of adding production lines and manpower to the plant to manufacture its blown film products there.

Petoskey Plastics president Paul Keiswetter, commenting on the development, said, "When completed, this state-of-the-art facility will be fully integrated and will provide the marketplace with highly cost-effective bags and film made with the lowest carbon footprint in North America."

The expansion at the Hartford City plant is expected to be completed by April 2013.

Petoskey, which plans to add 30 jobs at the location, is having trouble finding applicants to fill the positions.

Petoskey human resources director Clark said there have been fewer job applications than the company expected, especially in a time of high unemployment.

"There are many positions available, and we offer good wages and benefits, so we encourage qualified people seeking employment to apply," Clark said.