Company investing $3.5 million, adding 138 jobs by end of 2019
TIFFIN, OHIO – September 24, 2019 – American Plastics, a premier plastic injection molding company located just south of Tiffin, Ohio, has announced that it will be investing a total of $3.5 million and hiring more than 130 workers by the end of 2019.
The new investment and job creation is due to both the acquisition of the former Katy Industries facility by Highview Capital in 2018 and the additional business to produce plastic shelving and totes under the Craftsman brand label for Lowe’s.
American Plastics’ Tiffin facility will be the sole manufacturer of shelving for the Craftsman brand, to be available at the more than 1,500 Lowe’s stores in North America. The plant currently specializes in the production of plastic shelving and plastic totes, including the Commander and Blue Hawk name brands for Lowe’s; Husky for Home Depot; and Tough Box for Sam’s Club. American Plastics has 14 other facilities throughout the United States, including facilities in Sycamore, Findlay and Arizona.
This announcement represents a commitment to a second, $2.5
million phase of investment in new tooling at the 68,000-square-foot Hopewell
Township plant, adding to the completion of $1 million investment in equipment
and facility upgrades in 2018. Company employment, which was 27 at the
beginning of 2018, is expected to reach or exceed 165 by the end of 2019,
representing a net 138 job increase.
Joe Roth, Plant Manager for American Plastics in Tiffin,
commented: “This is a huge positive step forward for our operations here and
represents both the company’s bright future and the quality of our workforce. We contribute our growth and success to our
dedicated team, innovation, quality and customer relationships. I only see this getting stronger as we grow
along side with the City of Tiffin.”
Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was impressed by the company during
a visit there in early 2019. “This major expansion represents another example
of the great economic momentum we are seeing in the greater Tiffin area across
all sectors, including manufacturing.”
Seneca County Commission President Shayne Thomas praised the
project: “This is a huge win for Seneca County, and we look forward to seeing
their continued success.”
American Plastics, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is
a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative plastic-injection molded
products for the household and garage storage and commercial cleaning
end-markets. The company maintains a national manufacturing and distribution
footprint with 15 state-of-the-art facilities across North America, making us
the partner-of-choice for our customers, nationwide.
Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership
Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development
Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit
corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community
development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among
the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the
great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.com.