Plastipak Packaging will significantly expand its Garland, TX manufacturing operation later this year. The Michigan-based company is a major producer and supplier of plastic bottles to internationally-branded companies such as Dr. Pepper, PepsiCo, Kraft Heinz and Procter & Gamble. The $10 million investment will expand Plastipak’s production facility and add six new jobs to the company’s current workforce of 273 positions over the next three years.
Plastipak’s main plant has been in continuous operation in Garland since 1996. The expansion of the nearly 400,000-square-foot production facility will support current and future business needs primarily through enhanced machinery and equipment. Plastipak also maintains nearly 500,000 square feet of additional space at two other Garland locations that are primarily dedicated to warehousing and distribution of locally-produced products.
“We opened our Garland facility over 20 years ago to be close to our customers,” said Scott Ratzman, Regional Operations Manager at Plastipak Packaging. “The operational support that we’ve received from the City, Garland Power & Light and the local community college for our various training needs have been terrific.”
Plastipak Packaging celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Over the past half century, the company has amassed over 700 U.S. patents for technological advances in improving both operations and products. It is one of the largest global food-grade producers of recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) in the world, and employs more than 6,000 employees at over 60 production sites on five continents.
“Plastipak has been solidly growing in Garland for well over 20 years and we are very excited to see them expand their operations yet again,” said David Gwin, Director of Economic Development at the City of Garland. “The plastics sector in the city has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years to the point that it is now one of our largest local industries.”
Garland’s plastics industry cluster includes VPET USA, Inteplast Group, Bway Corporation, and Lesso America. VPET USA, a California-based company, opened its 170,000-square-foot Garland facility in 2015.
Garland has seen a number of sizable expansions across several key industries recently as well. Nutribiotech USA, a South Korean nutritional supplement manufacturer, announced a $100 million expansion of its U.S. headquarters in Garland last year, and Digital Realty, the world’s largest full scale data center operator, will be expanding with a $400 million addition to its $1 billion data center campus. Further, Germany’s Kirchhoff Automotive just approved a $20 million expansion of its Garland operation to better fabricate automotive components for several of General Motors’ Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac products.
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