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by Trevor Anderson, Upstate Business Journal
Texas-based Albis Plastics Corp. celebrated the opening of its new compounding plant in Spartanburg County.
The $14 million, 20,000-square-foot facility, adjacent to the 250,000-square-foot Albis Barnet Polymer plant at 1720 E. Main St. (Highway 290) in Duncan, is expected to create 60 jobs during the next five years.
Company leaders joined with local officials to unveil the facility to representatives from several of the company’s customers and suppliers.
It is a result of the joint venture between Albis Plastics Corp.’s parent company, Germany based Albis Plastic Gmbh, and Spartanburg-based William Barnet & Son LLC announced
in September 2016.
“It’s very exciting,” said Stefan Fuhlendorf, regional sales director Americas for Albis Plastic. “This is the real thing now. Our customers have been waiting on this and we’re very happy to deliver.”
The facility will specialize in recycling, repelletizing, and marketing post-industrial raw materials for the company’s Alltech and Alcom products.
Albis Plastic said the plant’s initial capacity is 30 million pounds of product per year.
“This is really something,” said Ian Mills, chief sales officer for Albis Plastic. “When you consider the investment that has been made, this facility is incredible and it will be a great
springboard for us to grow our business and better serve our customers.”
Mills said he could not name specific customers, but said the facility will support suppliers of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), such as BMW.
He said there is still plenty of room for future growth at the 32-acre site, which sits across the street from BMW supplier DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America’s plant.
Founded in 1961, Albis Plastic has 1,200 employees and six compounding facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, Slovakia, and China. The Duncan plant is the company’s seventh compounding facility, but the first production plant for its North American affiliate, which was established in 1968.
Jobs created by the new facility will be in addition to 100 workers already employed by the joint venture comprised of Barnet’s former polymer business and the sales activities for Albis in North America.
“They’ve been here a long time and it’s great that they now have this manufacturing footprint here,” said Curt Thielker, senior product manager for Albis supplier PPG Fiber Glass. “This is an excellent site. I think they’ve set themselves up for success.”
Bob Krystyniak, business manager of chopped fiber at PPG, said the company’s customers and suppliers are very enthusiastic about the facility.
“The new equipment is the best in the industry, state-of-the-art,” Krystyniak said. “They are well-positioned, not just with the facility, but with their relationships as well. That’s really what they’re known for.”