Canadian Packaging

Dart on target with $47 million plant expansion

Plant expansion and new corporate headquarters for foodservice packaging producer will add hundreds of jobs.


Dart Container Corporation

Foodservice packaging product manufacturer Dart Container Corporation has unveiled plans for a major US$47-million expansion of the company’s central manufacturing operations in Mason, Mich.—eventually creating an estimated 325 new jobs in the mid-state region.

According to Dart Container—manufacturer of single-use foodservice packaging products for use in hospitals, schools, restaurants, businesses and homes—the expansion was necessitated by its last year’s acquisition of the Chicago-based Solo Cup Company, which employs about 15,000 people at more than 45 production, distribution center, and office locations in eight countries.

Having recently secured a US$3-million grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Dart is planning to build a new corporate headquarters building and warehouse facility, as well as expand existing buildings on its Alaiedon Township campus to integrate Solo Cup corporate and administrative operations into Dart’s Michigan operations, while relocating some former of Solo Cup staff there from the Chicago area.

“We are excited about expanding employment opportunities on our Mason campus, where our founders launched our company more than 50 years ago,” says Dart’s executive vice-president and general counsel James Lammers.

“Michigan is a great state for companies like Dart because we can attract and retain employees with diverse skills and strong work ethics,” says Lammers.

While Dart currently has the production facilities in 13 U.S. States, it also has subsidiaries in Argentina, Australia, Mexico, England, and Campbellford, Ont., Canada.

Company information may be found at www.dartcontainer.com.