Spartech (Clayton, Missouri), a producer of plastic sheet, compounds and packaging products, announced its plans for an expansion of its packaging facility in Muncie, Indiana. Upon completion of the project, Spartech will have added 32 jobs at its Muncie plant. The announcement was made at an on-site event that featured Muncie's Mayor Dennis Tyler and Spartech's Senior Vice President of Packaging Technologies, Carol O'Neill.
The Muncie plant, which was just one of several facilities Spartech considered for the upgrades, has been a part of the Muncie community since 1984 when it opened as part of Ball Plastics. Purchased by Spartech in May of 1999, the plant currently employs 120 people and manufactures primarily food packaging products in the form of rollstock for form/fill/seal applications as well as thermoformed containers, serving customers like ConAgra Foods® Snack Pack® pudding and Knouse Foods® Musselman's® applesauce amongst many other leading brands.
The proposed expansion will add approximately 60,000 square feet, enabling the installation of two new extrusion lines as well as several new thermoforming lines needed for Spartech to support the growing demands of its customers. The 32 jobs to be added will be a mix of production operators, technicians and engineers. Spartech plans to hold a job fair in Muncie this July in an effort to fill the newly-created positions. Four positions will be added in 2012 with 28 more coming in 2013.
The expansion is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 1 when Spartech will host an open house, inviting customers, employees and their families and local community members to tour the new facility.
Spartech Corporation is a leading producer of plastic products including polymeric compounds, concentrates, custom extruded sheet and rollstock products and packaging technologies for a wide spectrum of customers. The Company's three business segments, which operate 33 facilities in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and France, annually process approximately one billion pounds of plastic resins, specialty plastic alloys, and color and specialty compounds.