Dart to invest $40 million, add 136 jobs in mid-Michigan
Food and beverage packaging manufacturer Dart Container Corp. plans to invest $40 million in a new technical and innovation center in a project that is expected to create at least 136 new jobs in the Lansing region.
The new jobs will be in areas including engineering, skilled trades, technology and administrative, it said Wednesday in a news release.
The expansion by Mason-based Dart is being supported by a $1 million Michigan Economic Development Corp. grant from the Michigan Business Development Program, which provides economic assistance to businesses that create jobs and investment in Michigan. Alaiedon Township is also is supporting the project through a tax abatement, the release stated.
According to the release, the project includes:
Construction of a 250,000-square-foot facility on 38 acres in Alaiedon Township adjacent to Dart’s existing corporate campus in Mason. The two-story technical and innovation center will feature 80,000 square feet for offices and 170,000 square feet for the development and production of prototype packaging solutions.
Renovation of existing space to expand Dart’s tooling and machine manufacturing operations from 215,000 square feet to 330,000 square feet.
The company makes Solo and foam cups, plastic utensils and carryout containers.
“The center will allow us to optimize collaboration, increase our ability to create prototypes and spur innovative product development for our customers,” Dart Container President Jim Lammers said in the release.
Dart Container in 2012 acquired Solo Cup Co. In the past five years, Dart Container said, it has invested more than $60 million in the Mason campus and created more than 500 new jobs. Dart Container’s Mason campus and Holt ink plant have more than 2,000 employees.