New facility a nod to company's past, present and future in Indiana.
July 3, 2014
by Canadian Packaging Staff
Portage, IN—MonoSol LLC, A Kuraray Company, a world leader in water-soluble delivery systems, has broken ground for its new high-tech production facility, Duneland Site, situated in Portage, Indiana.
This new production facility will feed the growing global demand for all water-soluble film products, as MonoSol takes a large integration step as the core of the Kuraray WS Film Division.
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. 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,” says MonoSol chief executive officer P. Scott Bening.
He continues: “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,” notes Bening.
Portage mayor James Snyder says: “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.
“MonoSol’s humble beginnings started in Portage and we have insured that Portage will be instrumental in their incredible future. This is truly one of Portage’s finest achievements on many levels,” sums up Snyder.
About MonoSol, LLC
Since 1953, MonoSol LLC has been a leader in specialty water-soluble polymer-based films.
MonoSol offers a wide range of water-soluble delivery systems for unit-dose applications for consumer, agricultural chemicals and industrial products, as well as additional films, solutions and compounds. MonoSol joined Kuraray Co., Ltd, a global specialty chemical company, in mid-2012 and is now the cornerstone of the WS Film Division.
Kuraray was established in 1926 and in 1950 became the first in the world to bring polyvinyl alcohol synthetic fiber to market. Since that milestone, Kuraray has used its proprietary technology in the area of polymer chemistry and synthetic chemistry to develop resins, chemicals, fibers, textiles and others. Together, MonoSol and Kuraray provide innovative solutions for its customers. A global network of dedicated partners is maintained to offer sales, service and technical support to its worldwide customer base.
For more information, visit www.monosol.com.