Tuesday, June 04 2019
Plastic Express, a leader in plastic resins packaging and transportation, has announced plans to expand operations with two new facilities creating 166 new jobs in the Savannah market.
Along with Capital Development Partners, the company is investing more than $172 million at the Port Logistics Center in Pooler, less than 10 miles from the Port of Savannah.
“We are excited that Plastic Express chose to expand their operations here in Georgia,” said Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. “The company’s impact will not only be felt in terms of job creation and investment, but they will be one of the top five export customers for the Georgia Ports Authority.”
Headquartered in Industry, California, Plastic Express has trucking terminals, warehouse facilities, transloading docks, and packaging plants across the country, including a bulk transload facility in Dalton, Georgia. The company plans to be in the new facility by Oct. 1, 2019.
“We are very happy to plant our flag in Savannah,” said Ray Hufnagel, Plastic Express President and CEO. “Plastic Express has been searching for a strategic opportunity in every viable port location in the Southeast for a few years. The impressiveness of the Port of Savannah’s operations along with Georgia’s welcoming business climate has made Savannah the clear and obvious choice for us.”
Trip Tollison, Savannah Economic Development Authority President and CEO, said the high-wage jobs associated with Plastic Express will have a positive impact on the local economy. “We look forward to a long relationship and watching them grow in Savannah.”
Plastic Express will immediately become one of the largest export customers at the Port of Savannah, moving approximately 25,000 containers – or nearly 50,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units – each year. The company exports resin pellets and resin powders to Europe, North Africa, South America and Asia. Hufnagel said the raw materials are used to make items such as food storage containers and construction supplies.
“This is a game-changer and makes Georgia a leader in the Southeast for the export of resins,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. “With growth accelerating in the American energy sector, Gulf-area refineries will require alternate export capacity, and the Port of Savannah stands ready to serve that need.”
Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson called the Plastic Express announcement “a fantastic win for our state.”
“Georgia’s logistics infrastructure is one of the state’s greatest economic development assets and plays a critical role in creating jobs and investment opportunities in Georgia,” Wilson said.
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