Plastics manufacturer to open $11.5M plant in Wilson County
An Italian plastics manufacturer is building a $11.5 million plant in Wilson County, its first operation in the United States, company and state officials announced today.
So.F.Ter. Group is planning a 100,000-square-foot plant on 21 acres off Highway 109 in Lebanon that also will serve as the company’s U.S. headquarters. Ultimately, the site is planned to expand to more than 250,000 square feet, the company said.
The plant, which will make, develop and sell engineering plastics for the U.S. automotive, appliance, construction and electrical markets, will employ 50 workers within two to three years, with potential to reach 150 in 10 years.
“We are excited to be part of this project that will bring So.F.Ter. Group to the United States,” So.F.Ter. Managing Director Mark Rodden, who will lead the new U.S. operations, said in a news release. “So.F.Ter.’s product portfolio is one of the most comprehensive in the industry. So.F.Ter.’s experience, financial strength and long-term view will enable us to focus on customers with a one-to-one approach.”
So.F.Ter. Group, based in Forlì, Italy, makes a range of products including thermoplastic elastomers, thermoplastic vulcanizates and engineering plastics. It has three manufacturing plants in Italy.