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Spartech Plastics to expand Cape Girardeau facility
Spartech Plastics will be expanding its Cape Girardeau facility, adding equipment and jobs.
The Cape Girardeau City Council Tuesday night approved the transfer of property and a rezoning request to make the Spartech growth possible.
"We're looking to go wider," Gary Simmers, director of operations for Spartech, told the council. "What we're doing now, to support the business, is put in a new line."
The $4.6 million project will create a need for about a dozen more employees, Simmers said.
While making construction plans for a 6,000-square-foot extension at its site adjacent to Arena Park, the company discovered a transfer of city property that was supposed to have taken place in 1987 never occurred.
At that time, the company, then known as Atlas Plastics, entered into an agreement with the city to pay $100 for a 50-by-500-foot piece of land, but the deed for the property was never transferred, said Mitch Robinson of Cape Girardeau Area Magnet.
The property is currently used for parking by Spartech and is adjacent to Arena Park.
The council approved the property transfer and rezoned the property from R-1, single-family suburban residential to M-2, heavy manufacturing.
The expansion will increase Spartech's capacity to produce plastic sheeting used in the manufacturing of recreational vehicles, Simmers said.
The flat sheets of high-gloss plastic produced at the facility are used for RV end-cap panels that in the past were made out of metal or fiberglass, Simmers said.
"We've really got a niche in the market right now that no one else has," he said.
The new production line will be in an area that is now a finished goods warehouse; the warehouse will be relocated to the building addition.
Spartech employs about 75 people at its plastic sheeting facility. It also operates a compounding facility on Nash Road in Cape Girardeau along with other facilities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and France.
Staff writer Scott Moyers contributed to this report.
2500 Spartech Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO