This will be the company’s fourth facility in the United States and sixth overall dedicated to producing water-soluble films. This site is expected to initially create up to 89 new, high-wage jobs when operational in mid- to late-2020.
Customers worldwide use the dissolvable film to create pre-portioned packets for a wide variety of applications, including detergents and cleaners, food ingredients, agrochemical, cosmetics and personal care products, and pool & spa chemicals. This pioneering film technology is also used for the growing segments of transfer printing, countertops and solid surface release films, composites fabrication in aerospace, embroidery backing and healthcare containment applications.
The new facility will add approximately 18% to existing global capacity and allow MonoSol to keep pace with consistent growth in several business segments, while increasing operational efficiency and material flow. Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018 and be completed by mid-2020. Once completed, MonoSol’s global manufacturing footprint will include four plants in Indiana, USA as well as sites in Hartlebury, UK, and Saijo, Japan.
“We are making a significant investment in our water-soluble film technology in response to continued global demand and the growing needs of our customers for innovative and sustainable packaging solutions,” says P. Scott Bening, president/CEO, Kuraray/MonoSol. “Expanding our manufacturing footprint into central Indiana further strengthens our business continuity plan through geographic diversity and enhances our proximity to key customers who have ever-increasing needs for products that require exact dosage, easier handling, greater convenience, and safety and sustainability.”
Bening adds, “MonoSol was founded in Portage in 1953 and northwest Indiana has served as an outstanding location to build and grow a global business. Further expanding the company’s presence in Indiana, allows us to continue our strong legacy of community outreach and involvement. From our corporate headquarters to our three existing production sites, our employees are highly engaged in their local communities and support a range of initiatives that impact the lives of our neighbors.”