Saturday, July 26, 2008

Georgia Plastics Company to Expand in Thomaston

InnoWare Plastics announced today that it plans to retain 134 jobs and create an additional 45 jobs at its Thomaston manufacturing facility. The company will invest $9.7 million.

“Manufacturers like InnoWare find a welcoming home in Georgia, where our strong workforce and transportation network create an ideal place to grow,” said Ken Stewart, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “By fostering partnerships between state and local entities, we help companies retain workers and increase jobs in our communities.”

InnoWare, based in Alpharetta, plans to add a new production line to its Thomaston facility. The company is planning to add logistics operations in Thomaston. Currently all logistics are handled at a facility in Nashville, Tenn. The company manufactures plastic takeout containers for the restaurant industry.

The Thomaston-Upson County Industrial Development Authority was recently awarded a $500,000 OneGeorgia grant to help build a rail spur to the InnoWare facility. This infrastructure investment helped prevent the closure of the plant and aided in the retention of 134 jobs.
“The officials from the State of Georgia, Thomaston and Upson County have demonstrated this is a business-friendly place that supports local employers and looks out for the interests of its local workforce,” said Nick Clementi, chairman of the board and CEO of InnoWare.

“The Thomaston Upson Industrial Development Authority is extremely pleased to have been able to partner with InnoWare to provide rail access to their manufacturing facility,” said Jim Edwards, chairman of the Thomaston-Upson County Industrial Development Authority. “The new rail spur will allow InnoWare to continue to grow and provide even more high quality jobs for our community as well as helping to attract additional manufacturers to our industrial park who need access to rail.”

Greg Wright, project manager with GDEcD, assisted InnoWare in its expansion.

InnoWare is a leading manufacturer of distinctive, high quality takeout containers and paper tableware products. The company designs and manufactures plastic food containers in Thomaston, Georgia, and paper tableware products in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. InnoWare’s complete in-house design, converting, thermoforming, printing and embossing capabilities enable it to offer innovative, on-trend products to its customers within the foodservice and retail markets.

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