Decatur Plastics announces expansion plans

By Tribune Staff Reports

Decatur Plastics Products, a manufacturer of custom injection-molded plastic parts and components, has announced expansion plans in Jennings County that will create up to 70 new jobs by 2021.

The North Vernon-based company plans to invest $11.4 million over the next five years to expand its 87,850-square-foot headquarters and production operations, adding 100,000 square feet to its campus over two phases of development.

The company also is planning to renovate and equip a recently purchased 50,000-square-foot shell building in the North Vernon Industrial Park for additional warehouse space and accommodate light assembly, according to the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

After the new space is complete, which is expected to be in July, the company plans to construct at 50,000-square-foot facility next to its new building by summer 2020.

“Jennings County is an advantageous location that allows Decatur Plastics Products to service our current and potential customers,” said Robert Riley, president of the company. “Here, we have have found hard workers who care about their community and want to see this area excel. As a company, we are proud to be part of the exciting transformation that is taking place in Jennings County and look forward to working together with the community for years to come.”

The expansion will allow Decatur to meet a growing demand for its products and services from customers in virtually every industry, including automotive, consumer products, electronics, medical packaging, telecommunications and consumer industrial markets, according to a news release from the state.

To support the increased production, the company has already started its hiring process to add new employees in engineering, production and management. Company officials said Decatur currently has 185 full-time employees in the state.

North Vernon Mayor Mike Ochs said the city is pleased Decatur chose the shell building and the North Vernon Industrial Park for its future growth.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered the company up to $475,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. The tax credits are performance-based, meaning that until Indiana residents are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives.

North Vernon approved additional incentives at the request of the Jennings County Economic Development Corp.

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Decatur Plastics Products, which also has operations in Alabama, was founded in 1983. It provides injection molding, flocking, assembly and finishing services as well as engineering and material assistance for its customers, which include PK USA, Heartland Automotive and Faurecia.

The company also offers supply chain services, providing customers with inventory management programs as well as warehousing and shipping services. The company headquarters is at 3250 N. State Road 7, North Vernon.

For information, visit decaturplastics.com/index.html.

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