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Pet Plastics Firm Lands In Gaffney

Author: Staff Report

Source: Columbia Regional Business Report

July 30, 2015

A Belgian-based plastics company is getting its foothold in the United States with a new injection molding facility in Cherokee County.

Moderna Products, a family-owned company based in Izegem, Belgium, will locate in an existing 116,000-square-foot building at 16 Commerce Drive in Gaffney. The company specializes in creating, producing and distributing plastic products for pets such as litter boxes, food bowls and “traveling solutions for both dogs and cats, as well as other small animals.”

Moderna is expected to invest $6.5 million and add 35 jobs over the next five years with its first U.S. manufacturing operation.
“We are very excited with this major step in Moderna’s growth,” said company CEO Bart Bonte. “It is wonderful to be present as a domestic manufacturer in the biggest pet market in the world.”

The facility is located off Interstate 85 and has connectivity to the S.C. Inland Port in Greer, as well as other interstate highways, which the company said will help serve its “growing North American customer base.”

S.C. State Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said in a statement that the ports authority “welcomes Moderna Products to South Carolina and looks forward to serving their import needs.”

Moderna officials said they expect the Gaffney facility to be fully operational later this year and hiring is expected to begin this fall.

It is the second announcement from a company expanding operations in Cherokee County this month. Earlier, Chesapeake, Va.-based Dollar Tree announced the construction of a $104.4 million distribution center in a business park straddling the Cherokee-Spartanburg county border.

“Our low taxes and pro-business environment continue to be a beacon for successful businesses,” said Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer. “We appreciate Moderna’s vote of confidence in selecting our county to do business in.”

 

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