Water-soluble film manufacturer MonoSol has broken ground for its new production facility in Portage, IN, which the comapny said will feed the growing global demand for all water-soluble film products. It will be constructed in three phases with the first phase scheduled to be operational in late 2016, generating an approximate 15 percent capacity increase over MonoSol's current global production levels. The final phase will be complete by the end of 2020. When fully operational, the plant will create at least 150 new jobs and hiring will commence mid-2015 for the 2016 opening. The Ross Group has been retained as the general contractor for the project.
"As a member of the global Kuraray team, we examined locations on multiple continents for this expansion," said P. Scott Bening, CEO of MonoSol. "Portage, Indiana was chosen over several European locations and other North American locations in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Our roots, natural resource availability, workforce confidence, relationships with service providers and the support from the State of Indiana and City of Portage tipped the scales. Mayor James Snyder and his team did a great job coordinating the necessary supporters. The State stepped up and assisted with a competitive incentive package as well. We are blessed with a great team of people who started in Portage in 1953, expanded to LaPorte, Indiana and to Europe and now find cause to build even more back in Portage. This region is full of 'can do' individuals and we are proud to be a part of the community."
"CEO Scott Bening and the MonoSol team are committed to participating in our youth training program in Portage schools and this project will be instrumental in helping them find quality employees and our students finding quality jobs that will keep some of our finest in Portage," said LaPorte Mayor James Snyder.