Colombia-based packaging company Plastilene plans to establish a research and development center in Washington Court House, Ohio. The $47 million project is expected to create 58 new jobs.
The Sustainable Food Packaging Innovation Center will be located in the Rocktenn Building, 1010 Mead Street, and will be the company’s first US operation.
“The corporate culture and philosophy of Plastilene is that you invest for the long term and seek to bring innovative solutions to your customers,” said Guillermo Umana, Managing Director of Plastilene. “We are excited to work with leaders in our industry to help Ohio food producers provide fresh produce in a sustainable way.”
The Innovation Center will focus on the development and high-volume commercialization of breakthrough recyclable food packaging. The research will seek to increase circularity, capture the value of materials after use, reduce leakage into natural waterways, reduce the use of fossil feedstocks, and improve sustainable economics, reducing l carbon footprint and performance goals for several food industry companies in Ohio and the country.
“Plastilene’s R&D center at Washington Court House will establish its first operations in the United States, combining Ohio’s leading role in advancing plastics technology with a global leader in sustainable packaging,” said JobsOhio President and CEO JP Nauseef. “With talent and collaborative innovation from Ohio, Plastilene will continue to develop disruptive and sustainable packaging technology for food, pharmaceuticals and other product sectors that positively impact our everyday lives. .”
The Plastilene Group is a global leader in the development and production of high quality responsible packaging for a variety of foods, beverages, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, personal and home care products and more. . Plastilene has existing operations in Colombia, Ecuador and Guatemala. Plastilene has four areas of specialization in packaging and technical films, industrial products, films for the agro-industry and film products with recycled materials.
“We are thrilled to welcome Plastilene to the Dayton area and help them further develop their North American market,” said Julie Sullivan, executive vice president of regional development for the Dayton Development Coalition. “Their new facility will leverage so many of our strengths, bringing together skilled manufacturing and R&D, to tackle important issues in a meaningful way.”