By Frank Esposito, Plastics News Staff
Gastonia, North Carolina -- For the second time this month, a European materials firm has announced plans to build a plant in Gastonia, North Carolina.
Italian liquid colour and additives maker REPI SpA has confirmed that it will open a plant making its products in Gastonia.
The new plant is expected to create 27 jobs and will represent an investment of almost $6 million. REPI has operated a warehouse, labs and offices in nearby Charlotte since 2003 and now needs production in the area as well.
"We are especially proud to make such a step during these difficult years for the global economy," REPI president and founder Ferruccio Angiolini said in a March 17 news release from the office of North Carolina Governor, Bev Perdue.
"With the production running in the new factory, REPI is willing to move to other fields besides polyurethane, supplying companies working in the thermoplastic field," Angiolini added.
The state's One North Carolina fund is providing REPI with a $75 000 grant to support the expansion.
Perdue said North Carolina's "investments in education have built a highly skilled work force, perfectly suited for the sort of R&D and production work that REPI performs."
In addition to liquid colour, REPI makes UV stabilisers and other additives. Its products are used in automotive, packaging, footwear, construction and other industries.
REPI was founded in 1973 and is based in Lonate Ceppino, Italy.
Last week, German materials maker Lanxess AG said it plans to open a compounding plant in Gastonia.