Dart Container to invest $40.2 million, create 136 jobs in mid-Michigan

UPDATE: 10:57 – Dart Container has been serving the world with it’s cups, plates, and cutlery for the last six decades.

Founded and headquartered in Mason, it continues to expand and Wednesday it made a big announcement.

“We love being in mason, our campus has grown considerably over the last it was a natural for us to want to grow right here in mid-Michigan,” Dart President Jim Lammers said.

This $40.2 million project to expand it’s headquarters includes a 250,000 square foot facility that will house offices, labs and manufacturing, testing, and research space.

“The majority will be for technology and innovation related activities, prototyping, and should put us in an even better position to try to be responsive to our customer base, try to bring new products to market and to do so quickly,” Lammers said.

It will also create 136 new jobs in the mid-Michigan area over five years.

“Engineering positions, technical positions, the trades, some support positions as well,” Lammers said. “So it’s really going to provide job opportunities across quite a few different disciplines.”

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation said projects like this speak volumes about what our state has to offer, especially when it comes to the Greater Lansing Area.

“This project highlights Michigan’s strength and ability to attract high class talent, world class talent, into the Lansing region,” Trevor Friedeberg said. He’s the Senior Business Development/Project Manager for the MEDC. “What we can do here at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is really provide those tools and make sure the companies have what they need to make the project happen.”

It’s an expansion that Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP, said will have a positive ripple effect in the economy.

“These are really good jobs and of course we don’t even talk in terms of the spin off effect,” Trezise said. “I mean these folks um go to places of worship, and give money, how about to united way, they go to schools, they buy houses, and so the spinoff is absolutely terrific.”

Construction is underway as we speak. The corporation hopes to have the facility completed by 2018.

LANSING, Mich. – Today, Dart Container of Michigan, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of food and beverage packaging solutions, announced it is constructing a new facility in Alaiedon Township and expanding its headquarters in Mason.

The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of nearly $40.2 million and create 136 jobs.

“Dart Container’s investment in the Lansing area means good jobs for Michigan residents that could well have gone to other states,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.
“Dart’s decision to expand in Michigan underscores our business-friendly environment and talented workforce.”

Dart Container’s cups, dinnerware, cutlery, straws and deli and portion containers make life more convenient for people across the globe. Dart is headquartered in the city of Mason and has 16,000 employees worldwide, including 2,000 in mid-Michigan. The company is the industry leader in promoting recycling options for foodservice packaging.

Dart plans to construct a new technical and innovation center in Alaiedon Township that will house offices, labs, and manufacturing, testing, and research space. In addition, the company will expand its campus in the city of Mason to accommodate the expansion of Dart’s tooling and manufacturing operations. The project is expected to generate total capital investment of up to $40 million and create 136 new jobs. Michigan was chosen over competing sites in Florida and Texas. Alaiedon Township has offered property tax abatement in support of the project.

Today the Michigan Strategic Fund announced a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant in support of the project. MEDC administers funds for the MSF, and serves as the state’s chief marketing arm with the mission of attracting and retaining businesses to Michigan.

“Dart Container was founded 57 years ago on engineering innovation. We are eager to continue that tradition with a dedicated center that will enable us to consolidate and expand our technology, machine manufacturing and tooling functions to enhance collaboration and spur innovative product development for our customers,” said Dart President Jim Lammers. “We are excited to bring additional engineering and skilled trades jobs to our area. Michigan is a great state for companies like Dart because we can attract and retain employees with diverse skills.”

Dart currently has approximately 35 job openings in mid-Michigan. For more information on employment opportunities at Dart please go to http://www.Dart.jobs.

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