MonoSol, a maker of water-soluble and biodegradable films recently announced plans to grow its manufacturing capacity, which includes expansion plans in Indiana.
The company, a unit of Tokyo-based chemical company Kuraray Group, said it plans to increase its manufacturing capacity at its recently completed plant in Lebanon, near Indianapolis. It also intends to build a new manufacturing plant in Ujazd, Poland, where it is expected to create 90 new jobs.
In Lebanon, MonoSol recently completed construction on its newest manufacturing facility, which will start production in December. The company said it will install additional equipment, doubling the plant’s initial capacity.
MonoSol said the planned added capacity in Lebanon will begin commercial production in 2021. The facility, MonoSol’s fourth in Indiana, hired its first round of employees and expects to bring 90 new jobs to the Lebanon-area by time the expansion is complete.
“The need for environmentally friendly solutions is growing at a rapid rate as companies across the globe take on the challenge to make everyday products simpler, safer and more sustainable,” said P. Scott Bening, president and CEO, MonoSol. “Kuraray’s continued commitment and investment in our customers’ future will allow us to transform brands globally and at an unmatched capacity.”
The company said the additional production capacity globally is necessary to meet growing demand for its products.
The company said it decided to build in Poland, following a search around Europe, because the country provided good infrastructure, accessibility to key customers, a strong skilled labor base and cost and operational advantages.
The company said its existing plant in Hartlebury, England, will continue to serve European and global markets. MonoSol has sales, customer service and technical support teams located throughout Europe with its EU commercial center located at the Kuraray Europe headquarters in Hattersheim am Main, Germany.