Manufacturer to open $21 million plant in Dayton, add 50 jobs

A plastic packaging manufacturer plans to hire 50 people by April for a new plant by the Dayton International Airport.

Alpla, an international manufacturer that makes plastic packaging, said in a statement this morning that it will spend $21 million on the new plant next to the airport.

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The plant will take 154,000 square feet of a West National Road warehouse built by NorthPoint Development.

“We are quite pleased to join the Dayton business community, and look forward to working with local leaders as we build our team and optimally develop plans for growth in the area,” stated Philipp Lehner, regional manager of Alpla’s North American operations.

The plant is part of a surge of new industrial development around the Dayton airport and the Interstate 70-75 interchange.

NorthPoint, a Kansas City developer, built the 570,000-square-foot industrial warehouse north of U.S. 40 near Concorde Drive for Spectrum Brands, which produces STP automotive products.

Alpla will be one of the tenants in a second building by NorthPoint that’s still under construction. That $31 million building will be 524,160 square feet facility and next to Spectrum.

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Terry Slaybaugh, director of the Dayton International Airport, said that it is positive to see companies not only using the new buildings by the airport for warehousing but also for manufacturing operations that require a skilled workforce.

“That’s what has been surprising an exciting so far is that we are seeing traditional manufacturing going into these buildings,” he said.

There’s also a third building planned by NorthPoint, which will be on the northwest side of the airport. That building will be 453,000 square feet and Slaybaugh said a tenant that hasn’t been announced has plans to take up about 348,000 square feet.

On Monday, the Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority, which gives incentives for real estate projects, approved the sale of $14 million to $17 million in bonds to help with the construction costs of the second building.

Alpla will be hiring for jobs including process and maintenance technicians, machine operators, packers, forklift drivers, and quality technicians.

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The manufacturer said it would be meeting with “soon meet with partners at local technical schools and the State’s workforce development offices.”

The company stated that interviews and career fairs will be held June 12-14 and will soon announce the location of where the recruiting events will be held.

The 63-year-old company, based in Austria, said it is one of the leading companies in plastic packaging.

The manufacturer has around 19,000 employees that make custom-made packaging systems, bottles, closures and molded parts. It has operations at at 176 sites in 45 countries, including a plant near Lima.

Alpla’s packaging is used for food and drinks, cosmetics and care products, household detergents, washing and cleaning agents, engine oils and lubricants.

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