‘A win for everyone’: Plastic manufacturer to establish first US facility in Gaston County

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — Polykemi AB, a Swedish plastic manufacturer, will establish its first U.S. production facility in Gaston County, creating more than 20 new jobs.

The company plans to invest more than $11 million in the production facility at the Gastonia Technology Park.

“We are pleased to welcome another global manufacturer that has selected North Carolina for their North American operations,” Gov. Roy Cooper said. “Polykemi’s decision emphasizes our state’s world-class talent and affirms the strength of our economy in the global market.”

Officials said Polykemi AB has provided custom plastic compounds for automotive, furniture and household industries for more than 50 years. It is a third-generation family-owned company and has sales offices worldwide as well as factories in Sweden and China.

The new Gastonia manufacturing plant will be the company’s first North American operation and its single largest investment to date.

“When international companies choose to expand, they are often attracted to our strong manufacturing workforce,” Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders said. “In addition to our talent, growing companies like Polykemi appreciate North Carolina’s robust infrastructure, market access, and affordability to increase their global success.”

New positions at the manufacturing plant include operations, maintenance, finance and managerial personnel. Officials said the average annual salary for all the new positions is more than $59,000.

“Polykemi’s investment is a win for everyone,” North Carolina Senator Kathy Harrington said. “With a strong, capable workforce and great infrastructure, the people of Gastonia are ready to support the company for many years to come.”