Sunbeam Plastics to build in Harford

January 27, 1995|By Phyllis Brill | Phyllis Brill,Sun Staff Writer

Sunbeam Plastics Corp., an Evansville, Ind.-based maker of tamper-resistant bottle caps, will build a multimillion-dollar manufacturing plant in the Riverside Business Park in Harford County, County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann said yesterday.

Mrs. Rehrmann said Sunbeam's agreement to build the plant resulted from an incentive package created by county and state economic development officials. The package includes a $470,000 community development block grant and up to $150,000 in county property tax credits to the manufacturer.

"Sunbeam's high-value, technologically oriented manufacturing jobs will be a welcome addition to Harford County's corporate community," said Mrs. Rehrmann, who announced the agreement at a Harford County Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Aberdeen.

She said the company will bring 55 skilled jobs to the county by late 1995, with the potential for 125 jobs.

Sunbeam, a subsidiary of Rexham Inc., of Charlotte, N.C., owns the proprietary technology for a variety of child-proof container caps used in the food and beverage industry. Rexham, with more than $1.4 billion in annual sales, is the U.S. subsidiary of London-based Bowater PLC.

Sunbeam is expected to make a capital investment of between $15 million and $20 million for its new building and state-of-the-art equipment, said county spokesman George Harrison.

Sunbeam plans a two-stage development on the 8.8-acre site in the industrial park off Interstate 95 in Belcamp.

The initial 55,000-square-foot plant is expected to be completed by October and to open by year's end, Jonathan White, Rexham's manager of corporate development, said. The plant would employ 55 full-time technicians and operators.

Within three years, Sunbeam expects to expand the facility to 75,000 square feet and to increase full-time employment to 75, Mr. Harrison said.

The site could accommodate additional expansion to 95,000 square feet and 125 jobs, he said.

Mrs. Rehrmann said she would ask the County Council to approve the property tax credit over 10 years. The state will provide a $50,000 Maryland Industrial Training Program grant for training prospective employees through Harford Technical High School.

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