TIFFIN — American Plastics, a plastic injection molding company located just south of Tiffin, has announced that it is investing $7 million into its operations at the plant. American Plastics employs 142 people in Seneca County.
The new investment is to support American Plastics’ current customers, and includes the purchase of five new, state-of-the-art presses, tooling investments and facility improvements to increase efficiency and capacity.
American Plastics’ Tiffin facility is the sole manufacturer of shelving for the Craftsman brand, available at the more than 1,500 Lowe’s stores in North America. The plant specializes in the production of plastic shelving, including Craftsman, Commander and Blue Hawk name brands for Lowe’s. American Plastics has 14 other facilities throughout the United States, including facilities in Sycamore and Findlay.
In addition to the investments in the company, American Plastics has committed to increasing the wages of its staff. Starting wages are to increase to $14.50 an hour, with a $1 an hour incentive bonus for attendance, for a total starting wage of $15.50 an hour.
An outdoor hiring event has been scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at American Plastics, 1780 CR 1. There will be open interviews, with orientations on the spot. Available positions are in first and third shift, and employees work 12-hour shifts for 15 days a month. Social distancing guidelines are to be followed.
Joe Roth, Plant Manager for American Plastics in Tiffin, commented: “I’m proud that American Plastics has made a commitment to invest in our team and facility here in Tiffin. Our continued growth is only possible due to the dedication of our team and the support of our customers. It’s always something new with American Plastics, and we are glad to be a part of the Tiffin growth.”
Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Mike Kerschner said: “It is great news to hear that American Plastics has continued to grow and invest in Seneca County. I hope for their continued success.”