BATAVIA, Ohio - Officials with Huhtamaki, a Finnish company that creates products for foodservice and tableware, announced Friday they plan to open a converting facility and distribution center in Batavia that will create 237 jobs.
The new facility will be located in the former Ford transmission plant. Huhtamkai plans to invest at least $60 million in renovations, according to company officials.
"This investment further demonstrates Huhtamaki's commitment to serving the evolving needs of foodservice and retail customers for tableware, cups, containers, carriers and serviceware," said Clay Dunn, president of Huhtamaki North America, in a release. "Today's announcement caps an exciting 18-month period in which we completed three acquisitions and added seven production facilities in the U.S. to expand our ability to offer customers a broad product line and coast-to-coast coverage from 17 North American plants."
Huhtamaki isn't the only company to occupy space at the old plant.
UC Clermont East already occupies the former administration building of and has an option to purchase more land.
Global Scrap Management operates with 120,000 square feet of space and Engineered Mobile Solutions is based in a large portion of the building's western half.
Huhtamaki currently has a plant in the Clinton County community of New Vienna.
The U.S. subsidiary of is part of a global packaging network that makes ice cream containers, cubs, bowls, food containers, Chinet tableware plus paper, cardboard, thermoformed plastic and molded fiber products.
The Batavia location will manufacture paper drink cups and distribute products made throughout the Huhtamaki manufacturing network.
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Reporter Tom McKee contributed to this report.